04524827 is referenced by 304 patents and cites 24 patents.

Water is vaporized in an annular upper region of a subsurface formation into which borehole extends from the surface. This creates a substantially nonconducting dielectric in such region extending outwardly from the borehole. Such vaporization is preferably achieved by the application of electrical power to an electrode disposed in the borehole. Liquid is produced through the borehole from a lower region of the formation to cool the lower region near the borehole and maintain an electrically conductive path between the formation and the electrode in such lower region through which electrical power is applied to the formation.

Title
Single well stimulation for the recovery of liquid hydrocarbons from subsurface formations
Application Number
6/489756
Publication Number
4524827
Application Date
April 29, 1983
Publication Date
June 25, 1985
Inventor
Guggilam C Sresty
Chicago
IL, US
Allen Taflove
Wilmette
IL, US
Jack E Bridges
Park Ridge
IL, US
Agent
Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery
Assignee
IIT Research Institute
IL, US
IPC
E21B 36/00
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