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Coaxing Oil from Shale

Coaxing Oil from Shale
Publication: Oilfield Review
Volume: 22
Issue: 4
Publication Date: 12/01/2010

Oil shale contains copious amounts of immature organic material. Heating the rock accelerates the normal maturation process to generate oil and gas. Historically, oil shales were mined, crushed and heated at the surface, but companies are finding it may be more efficient to access these formations through boreholes, heat the subsurface and bring the oil to the surface.



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