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Solvents and Explosives to Recover Heavy Oil, Bartlett, Kansas.
Heath-LJ; Johnson-FS; Miller-JS
NTIS: PB 213 049 :11 pages
Preliminary results of an explosive fracturing-solvent injection heavy oil recovery experiment conducted by the Bureau of Mines at a shallow oil reservoir near Bartlett, Kansas, are given. Three wells 35 to 50 feet apart were drilled to a depth of 360 feet, and an open hole interval from 300 to 350 feet in the Bartlesville Sandstone Formation was explosively fractured with 3,000 pounds of pelletized tnt in each well. Laboratory tests were made on cores obtained from these wells to confirm the suitability of using an aromatic-type solvent. Injection of a 74 percent aromatic solvent was begun into one well and continued intermittently for approximately 2 months. Crude oil production amounted to 29.6 Barrels, or 11.7 percent of the total oil contained within the three-well interwell zone.
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: PB 213 049
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