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A method for treating a hydrocarbon containing formation is described. The method for treating a hydrocarbon containing formation may include heating a first volume of the formation using a first set of heaters. A second volume of the formation may be heated using a second set of heaters. The first volume may be spaced apart from the second volume by a third volume of the formation. The first volume, second volume, and/or third volume may be sized, shaped, and/or located to inhibit deformation of subsurface equipment caused by geomechanical motion of the formation during heating.

Title
Staged and/or patterned heating during in situ thermal processing of a hydrocarbon containing formation
Application Number
10/693818
Publication Number
7073578 (B2)
Application Date
October 24, 2003
Publication Date
July 11, 2006
Inventor
Kirk Samuel Hansen
Houston
TX, US
John Michael Karanikas
Houston
TX, US
Harold J Vinegar
Bellaire
TX, US
Assignee
Shell Oil Company
TX, US
IPC
E21B 47/06
E21B 43/30
E21B 43/24
E21B 36/00
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