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Mining for Petroleum: Feasibility Study.
Hutchins JS; Bond E; Bass DM
NTIS: PB 297-133 :361 pages
Two potential modified in situ methods are described for recovering the 68 pct "unrecoverable" hydrocarbons in oil reservoirs. For the 300 billion barrels of conventional light crude, a drip drainage system is suggested by mining underneath a reservoir and producing from below by controlled gravity flow. For the 200 billion barrels of heavy or viscous oil and tar sands deposits, a flip flop process is described using surface flooding with hot water saturated with surfactant and weighting additives. Mining engineering description of shafts and tunnels required are included as is a discussion of the tunnel proximity to a reservoir. Petroleum engineering flow equations to describe production rates and candidate reserve areas of the United States are described.
CP; Final Contract Report;
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: PB 297-133
Energy Develop. Cons., Inc.
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