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Earth Science Bulletin (WGA)


Earth Science Bulletin
Vol. 15 (1982), No. 1. (Annual), Page 145

Abstract: Oil Mining: The New Recovery Technology

John Hutchins1

Wyoming Geological Association: 1982 Luncheon Meetings Casper, Wyoming: Abstracts of Papers

Since current oil recovery technology only produces 30-40% of original oil in place, much is left in the ground (300 billion barrels) as “unrecoverable”. One potential method of additional extraction, possibly a fourth order beyond tertiary, is by mining to gain access to a reservoir and draining by gravity energy. This talk addresses the technical requirements, the cross fertilization of technology, some of the costs, and expected problems.

Acknowledgments and Associated Footnotes

1 John Hutchins: Tetra Systems, Inc.

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