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08/21/14 - 20140231070 - Inhibiting effects of sloughing in wellbores
Certain embodiments provide a heater. A heater device includes a skin effect component having at least one insulated electrical core conductor in electrical communication with an adjacent and substantially parallel, elongated ferromagnetic shape having a reduction and localization of the depth and width of the effective conductor path in the...

08/07/14 - 20140216724 - Hydrocarbon resource recovery apparatus including a transmission line with fluid tuning chamber and related methods
An apparatus for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation having a wellbore extending therein is provided. The apparatus includes a radio frequency (RF) antenna configured to be positioned within the wellbore, a transmission line configured to be positioned in the wellbore and coupled to the RF antenna, and...

08/07/14 - 20140216725 - Apparatus for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation providing an adjustable liquid coolant and related methods
An apparatus is provided for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation having a wellbore extending therein. The apparatus includes a radio frequency (RF) source, an RE antenna configured to be positioned within the wellbore, and an RF transmission line configured to be positioned within the wellbore and couple...

08/07/14 - 20140216726 - Apparatus for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation including a fluid balun and related methods
An apparatus is provided for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation having a wellbore extending therein. The apparatus includes a radio frequency (RF) antenna configured to be positioned within the wellbore, a transmission line configured to be positioned in the wellbore and coupled to the RF antenna, and...

07/24/14 - 20140202686 - Effective solvent extraction system incorporating electromagnetic heating
A method of producing hydrocarbons from a subterranean reservoir comprises pre-heating by exposure to electromagnetic radiation from a electromagnetic radiation source, injecting through at least one injection well a solvent into the reservoir to dilute the hydrocarbons contained in the pre-conditioned portion, and producing through at least one production well...

06/05/14 - 20140151028 - Hydrocarbon resource recovery system including rf transmission line extending alongside a well pipe in a wellbore and related methods
A hydrocarbon resource recovery system for a laterally extending wellbore in a subterranean formation may include a radio frequency (RF) source and an electrically conductive well pipe extending within the laterally extending wellbore. The hydrocarbon resource recovery system may further include an RF transmission line coupled to the RF source...

06/05/14 - 20140151029 - Hydrocarbon resource recovery system including different hydrocarbon resource recovery capacities and related methods
A hydrocarbon resource recovery system for a wellbore in a subterranean formation. The hydrocarbon resource recovery system may include a radio frequency (RF) source, and an antenna configured to be positioned within the wellbore and coupled to the RF source. The antenna may be coupled to the RF source and...

05/15/14 - 20140131032 - Method for producing hydrocarbon resources with rf and conductive heating and related apparatuses
A method is for producing hydrocarbon resources in a subterranean formation having therein an injector well and a producer well adjacent the injector well. The method may include conductively heating the subterranean formation by causing a current flow between the injector and producer wells, RF heating the subterranean formation after...

05/01/14 - 20140116683 - Method for increasing the permeability of the bottom well-bore region of a seam (is11.0138-us-pct)
To increase permeability of a near-wellbore zone of a formation an operation on stimulation of a fluid flow into a wellbore is performed, the operation comprising injecting chemical substances into a targeted zone of the formation. During the stimulation an electrical field is applied to the targeted zone of the...

04/24/14 - 20140110103 - Systems and methods for enhancing recovery of hydrocarbon deposits
A method for enhancing the recovery of hydrocarbon deposit includes the step of sensing a material property of an underground volume. A three-dimensional map identifying the spatial variation in the sensed material property of the underground volume is generated. Propagating electromagnetic radiation is transmitted in the volume based on the...

04/24/14 - 20140110104 - Hydrocarbon processing apparatus including resonant frequency tracking and related methods
A device for processing hydrocarbon resources in a subterranean formation having a laterally extending wellbore therein may include a radio frequency (RF) antenna configured to be positioned within the laterally extending wellbore, and at least one feedback conductor configured to be positioned along the laterally extending wellbore. The device may...

04/17/14 - 20140102692 - Method for hydrocarbon recovery using a water changing or driving agent with rf heating
A method of processing a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation including a laterally extending injector well, a laterally extending producer well below the laterally extending injector well, and water within the subterranean formation, may include injecting a water changing agent into the laterally extending injector well to change the...

04/17/14 - 20140102693 - Situ co-development of oil shale with mineral recovery
A method of producing hydrocarbon fluids from a subsurface organic-rich rock formation, for example an oil shale formation, in which the oil shale formation contains water-soluble minerals, for example nahcolite, is provided. In one embodiment, the method includes the step of heating the organic-rich rock formation in situ. Optionally, this...

04/10/14 - 20140096951 - Enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from a single well by electrical resistive heating of multiple inclusions in an oil sand formation
The present invention is a method and apparatus for enhanced recovery of petroleum fluids from the subsurface by electrical resistive heating of the oil sand formation and the heavy oil and bitumen in situ, by electrically energizing vertical inclusion planes containing electrically conductive proppant. The inclusion is propagated into a...

04/10/14 - 20140096952 - Enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from a single well by electrical resistive heating of a single inclusion in an oil sand formation
The present invention is a method and apparatus for enhanced recovery of petroleum fluids from the subsurface by electrical resistive heating of the oil sand formation and the heavy oil and bitumen in situ, by electrically energizing vertical inclusion planes containing electrically conductive proppant. The inclusion is propagated into a...

04/10/14 - 20140096953 - Enhanced hydrocarbon recovery from multiple wells by electrical resistive heating of oil sand formations
The present invention is a method and apparatus for enhanced recovery of petroleum fluids from the subsurface by electrical resistive heating of the oil sand formation and the heavy oil and bitumen in situ, by electrically energizing vertical inclusion planes containing electrically conductive proppant. The inclusion is propagated into a...

04/10/14 - 20140096954 - Method of developing subsurface barriers
A method and apparatus for construction of a subsurface barrier for the recovery of petroleum fluids from the subsurface by steam and/or solvent injection. Multiple propped vertical inclusions at various azimuths and depths are constructed from multiple wells so that the inclusions intersect and coalesce. The inclusions are made impermeable...

04/03/14 - 20140090834 - Em and combustion stimulation of heavy oil
A method of producing heavy oil from a heavy oil formation by combining electromagnetic heating to achieve fluid communication between wells, following by in situ combustion to mobilize and upgrade the heavy oil....

03/13/14 - 20140069636 - Resistive heater for in situ formation heating
Methods for heating a subsurface formation using an electrical resistance heater are provided. Preferably, the subsurface formation is an organic-rich rock formation, including, for example, an oil shale formation. The method may include providing an electrically conductive first member in a wellbore in a subsurface formation, an electrically conductive second...

03/13/14 - 20140069637 - Resistive heater for in situ formation heating
Methods for heating a subsurface formation using an electrical resistance heater are provided. Preferably, the subsurface formation is an organic-rich rock formation, including, for example, an oil shale formation. The method may include providing an electrically conductive first member in a wellbore in a subsurface formation, an electrically conductive second...

03/13/14 - 20140069638 - Radio frequency enhanced steam assisted gravity drainage method for recovery of hydrocarbons
A method for heating a hydrocarbon formation is disclosed. A radio frequency applicator is positioned to provide radiation within the hydrocarbon formation. A first signal sufficient to heat the hydrocarbon formation through electric current is applied to the applicator. A second or alternate frequency signal is then applied to the...

02/27/14 - 20140054028 - Bitumen recovery process
k) Repeating steps h through j, where the majority of the solvent does not leave the well during the process....

01/30/14 - 20140027108 - Expandable screen using magnetic shape memory alloy material
A well screen assembly for use in a wellbore comprises a base pipe comprising one or more fluid passageways, and a shape-memory alloy disposed about the base pipe. The one or more fluid passageways are configured to provide fluid communication between an exterior of the base pipe and a central...

01/30/14 - 20140027109 - Utilization of microwave technology in enhanced oil recovery process for deep and shallow applications
A method and system for treating a portion of a hydrocarbon-bearing formation of a crude oil reservoir containing heavy hydrocarbons using a microwave enhanced heavy hydrocarbon recovery system includes forming a horizontal injection well having an injection horizontal run, forming a horizontal microwave source well having a microwave source horizontal...

01/16/14 - 20140014324 - Method of recovering hydrocarbon resources while injecting a solvent and supplying radio frequency power and related apparatus
A method of recovering hydrocarbon resources in a subterranean formation may include injecting a solvent via a wellbore into the subterranean formation while supplying radio frequency (RF) power from the wellbore and into the subterranean formation. The method may also include recovering hydrocarbon resources via the wellbore and from the...

01/16/14 - 20140014325 - Method for recovering a hydrocarbon resource from a subterranean formation including additional upgrading at the wellhead and related apparatus
A method for recovering a hydrocarbon resource from a subterranean formation may include applying radio frequency (RF) power to the hydrocarbon resource in the subterranean formation to upgrade the hydrocarbon resource and producing the upgraded hydrocarbon resource from the subterranean formation to a wellhead. The method may also include, at...

01/16/14 - 20140014326 - Method of upgrading and recovering a hydrocarbon resource for pipeline transport and related system
A method for recovering a hydrocarbon resource from a subterranean formation may include applying radio frequency (RF) power to the hydrocarbon resource in the subterranean formation to upgrade the hydrocarbon resource to have a lowered viscosity. The method may further include producing the upgraded hydrocarbon resource from the subterranean formation...

01/16/14 - 20140014327 - Methodology and system for producing fluids from a condensate gas reservoir
A method of producing reservoir fluids from a condensate gas reservoir traversed by a production well includes the formation of a protrusion into natural gas bearing rock along a producing interval of the reservoir. A heater element is placed into the protrusion and configured for operation. Reservoir fluids are produced...

11/28/13 - 20130312956 - Spectral analysis techniques for fluid monitoring
Spectroscopic analyses of complex mixtures within a fluid phase can oftentimes be complicated by spectral overlap, making it difficult to analyze for each constituent therein. Methods for analyzing a treatment fluid can comprise: providing a treatment fluid comprising a fluid phase and one or more constituents therein; exposing the treatment...

11/28/13 - 20130312957 - Systems and methods for enhanced recovery of hydrocarbonaceous fluids
A method for enhanced recovery of hydrocarbonaceous fluids, the method including the steps of creating a plurality of wellbores in a subterranean formation, whereby one or more of the plurality of wellbores may include a directionally drilled portion with solution disposed therein, and an electrode operatively connected with a power...

11/21/13 - 20130306307 - Methods and apparatus to sample heavy oil in a subterranean formation
A method for sampling fluid in a subterranean formation includes, reducing a viscosity a fluid, pressurizing a portion of the subterranean formation, and collecting a fluid sample. Specifically, a viscosity of a fluid in a portion of the subterranean formation is reduced and a portion of the subterranean formation is...

10/31/13 - 20130284429 - System for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation including a transformer and related methods
A system for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation having a wellbore extending therein is provided. The system includes a radio frequency (RF) source, an RF antenna to be positioned within the wellbore, and a transformer to be positioned in the wellbore and configured to couple the RF...

10/31/13 - 20130284430 - System for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation including a magnetic amplifier and related methods
A system for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation having a wellbore extending therein is provided. The system includes a radio frequency (RF) source, an RF antenna to be positioned within the wellbore, and a magnetic amplifier to be positioned in the wellbore and configured to couple the...

10/24/13 - 20130277045 - Method of heating a hydrocarbon resource including lowering a settable frequency based upon impedance
A method for heating a hydrocarbon resource in a subterranean formation having a laterally extending wellbore therein may include supplying radio frequency (RF) power at a settable frequency from an RF radiator positioned within the laterally extending wellbore to heat the hydrocarbon resource and start formation of a steam bubble...

10/24/13 - 20130277046 - Method for enhanced oil recovery from carbonate reservoirs
Method of using direct current (DC) electrokinetics to enhance oil production from carbonate reservoirs The method comprising the steps of selecting an underground formation comprising an Oil-bearing carbonate reservoir, positioning two or more electrically conductive elements at spaced apart locations in proximity to said formation, at least one of said...

10/03/13 - 20130255936 - Electrofracturing formations
A method is provided to produce hydrocarbons from a formation, the method includes the steps of: placing a pair of electrodes within a formation; applying differential voltages between pairs of electrodes wherein the voltage differences between the electrodes is greater than at least 10,000 volts; and producing hydrocarbons from the...

08/22/13 - 20130213637 - Microwave system and method for intrinsic permeability enhancement and extraction of hydrocarbons and/or gas from subsurface deposits
A system of a radiating antenna and a sheet beam klystron, as a microwave source, coupled to the antenna by a short waveguide and the method of locating the antenna downhole in a well at a selected target zone by use of a dual chamber flexible tube and applying power...

08/22/13 - 20130213638 - Methods of using nano-particles in wellbore operations
Methods for heating a material within a wellbore using nano-particles such as carbon nano-tubes. The material may be a flowable material such as cement, drilling mud, an acidizing fluid, or other material. Generally the methods comprise placing the flowable material in proximity to a radial wall of a wellbore. The...

08/22/13 - 20130213639 - Milling well casing using electromagnetic pulse
An electromagnetic perforation device for well casings includes a coil disposed around a core carried by a mandrel. The device further includes a power supply coupled to a current supply device, which is coupled to said coil. A stabilizing member extends from the mandrel and spaced apart on the mandrel...

08/15/13 - 20130206396 - Piston tractor system for use in subterranean wells
A piston tractor system can include at least two piston assemblies which sealingly engage a wellbore, and a pump which transfers fluid between an annulus isolated between the piston assemblies, and another annulus. A method of operating a piston tractor system can include sealingly engaging at least two piston assemblies...

08/08/13 - 20130199774 - Heavy oil production with em preheat and gas injection
An enhanced oil recovery technique that combines gas injection with EM radiation to heat and mobilize heavy oil at least until fluid communication is achieved....

08/01/13 - 20130192820 - Device and method for using the device for "in situ" extraction of bitumen or ultraheavy oil from oil sand deposits
The device has at least one electrical conductor loop formed of a feed conductor, a return conductor and an inductor connected therebetween. At least the inductor is at least partially or completely disposed in the oil sand deposit. The device further has an alternating current generator that is electrically connected...

06/20/13 - 20130153210 - Situ rf heating of stacked pay zones
A method of heating stacked pay zones in a hydrocarbon formation by radio frequency electromagnetic waves is provided. In particular, radio frequency antenna array having multiple antenna elements are provided inside a hydrocarbon formation that has steam-impermeable structure. The antenna elements are so positioned and configured that the hydrocarbons in...

05/30/13 - 20130133880 - Method and system for passive electroseismic surveying
A method of passive surveying comprises generating one or more detected signals by passively detecting a signal generated within a subsurface earth formation due to a seismoelectric response or an electroseismic response in at least one porous subsurface earth formation containing at least one fluid, and processing the one or...

05/09/13 - 20130112403 - Multiple electrical connections to optimize heating for in situ pyrolysis
A method for heating a subsurface formation using electrical resistance heating is provided. The method includes placing a first electrically conductive proppant into a fracture within an interval of organic-rich rock. The first electrically conductive proppant has a first bulk resistivity. The method further includes placing a second electrically conductive...

02/14/13 - 20130037262 - Hydrocarbon resource processing device including radio frequency applicator and related methods
A hydrocarbon resource processing device may include a radio frequency (RF) source and an RF applicator coupled to the RF source. The RF applicator may include a base member being electrically conductive, and first and second elongate members being electrically conductive and having proximal ends coupled to the base member...

12/27/12 - 20120325458 - Electrically conductive methods for in situ pyrolysis of organic-rich rock formations
A method and system for heating a subsurface formation using electrical resistance heating includes providing a wellbore which has a production portion that penetrates an interval of organic-rich rock within the subsurface formation. The method includes forming a fracture in the organic-rich rock along a plane that is generally parallel...

12/27/12 - 20120325459 - Radio frequency technology heater for unconventional resources
A system for heating at least a part of a subsurface hydro carbonaceous earth formation forms a borehole into or adjacent to the formation, places elongated coaxial inner and outer conductors into the borehole with the inner and outer conductors electrically connected to each other at a depth below the...

12/20/12 - 20120318498 - Electromagnetic heat treatment providing enhanced oil recovery
A method for using RF energy to facilitate the production of oil from formations separated from the RF energy source by a rock stratum comprises operating an antenna to transmit RF energy into a hydrocarbon formation, the hydrocarbon formation comprised of a first hydrocarbon portion above and adjacent to the...

12/20/12 - 20120318499 - Methods for increasing oil production
A method of recovering petroleum from dormant oil wells or increasing the production of oil wells is disclosed. An alkali or alkaline earth carbonate is introduced into a water layer associated with a subterranean petroleum reservoir and/or an explosive composition is introduced into an oil layer associated with a subterranean...

12/06/12 - 20120305239 - Cyclic radio frequency stimulation
Production of heavy oil and bitumen from a reservoir is enhanced by cyclic radio frequency (RF) radiation of the well. The invention utilizes RF radiation to introduce energy to the hydrocarbon reservoir in cycles in order to heat the reservoir directly, yet conserves energy over the prior art processes that...