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In situ Retorting of Oil Shale. Results of Two Field Experiments.


PB224602

Publication Date 1973
Personal Author Burwell, E. L.; Sterner, T. E.; Carpenter, H. C.
Page Count 48
Abstract Application of the in situ recovery process to oil shale was tested during two field experiments near Rock Springs, Wyo. The results of these tests demonstrated that a self-sustaining combustion zone can be created in an oil shale body, that this zone can be moved through the oil shale, and that the process will produce shale oil. Evaluation of the combustion process by monitoring produced fluids for physical and chemical properties and volumes is described. The material and energy balance obtained is compared with a second evaluation based on extensive coring of the test area after the test was terminated. Several side results of the research are noted such as ground surface heating by underground burning and production of low to medium Btu gas during retorting. (Author)
Keywords
  • Oil shale
  • In situ combustion
  • Shale oil
  • Oil recovery
  • Wyoming
  • Yield
Source Agency
  • Invalid Source Agency Code
NTIS Subject Category
  • 81D - Jet & Gas Turbine Engines
Corporate Authors BUREAU OF Mines, Washington, D.C.
Supplemental Notes Prepared by Laramie Energy Research Center, Wyo.
Document Type Technical Report
Title Note Report of Investigations.
NTIS Issue Number 197324
In situ Retorting of Oil Shale. Results of Two Field Experiments.
In situ Retorting of Oil Shale. Results of Two Field Experiments.
PB224602

  • Oil shale
  • In situ combustion
  • Shale oil
  • Oil recovery
  • Wyoming
  • Yield
  • Invalid Source Agency Code
  • 81D - Jet & Gas Turbine Engines
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