TurboShale, a recently incorporated Utah company and now in partnership with JRT, has acquired a process which builds upon the already proven use of Radio Frequency (RF) to produce oil from oil shale. The technology can be compared to a previous multimillion USD RF test programme (“BART Programme”) conducted in the early 1980s at a site in the same Uinta Basin as, and estimated to be within approximately 20 miles of, TomCo’s Holliday Block, Utah
TurboShale recently commenced its Field Test Programme on the Holliday Block property which is intended to prove it’s developed RF technology. The results from this test are expected before the end of 2018.
Ray Kasevich of JRT, was a key scientist on the BART Programme and has considerable RF expertise as well as being one of the key inventors with patents originally developed and issued for the BART project (now expired).
The Directors believe the results of the 1980s BART Programme were very encouraging – demonstrating low operating and production costs, with a good quality oil (low sulfur, high API, low pour point) being produced using this process
- Radio waves are emitted from antennas in horizontal or vertical wells and deeply penetrate almost any material (permafrost, soils , rock)
- Absorption at molecular level occurs resulting in chemical bonds weakening; resonances, and desorption
- RF rapidly heats the pore and material bonded waters (connate, water of crystallization, capillary waters providing a controlled ‘fracturing’ in rock. As a result there are no water or chemical requirements for the fracturing process
- RF waves create oil/gas movement
- Antenna lengths from a few meters to tens of meters in vertical wells depending on frequency and layouts. Long antennas in horizontal wells also possible
- Portable and computer controlled operating systems
- Wide range of frequency choices and RF generator power range, typically up to 250 kW
- Minimum impact on the environment: No need for blasting or leaching rock
- True in-situ technology, similar to conventional drilling practices
- The 1980s BART study indicates reduced refinery costs: with the recovered oil having low sulfur, high API and low pour point
- No water requirement; only recycled water for equipment cooling may be necessary
- Higher quality oil & gas product with RF at lower temperaturesRF gives precise temperature control for control of oil/gas yield and product characteristics