TOPICS OF INTEREST
Just Add Water: Why US Shale’s Next Big Supply-Chain Revolution Is Wet Sand
Skipping one traditional step in the supply chain might save oil and gas companies hundreds of millions of dollars a year while making a meaningful dent in emissions.
Transient Multiphase-Flow Simulation Enables Slugging Mitigation Solution
The complete paper discuses a well with a history of sand production that exhibits long cyclic slugging behavior.
Analysis of Sand-Control-Installation Failures Provides Insights, Paths Forward
Sand-control-installation failures range from minor issues that can be remedied easily to catastrophic events that put the entire well and investment at risk.
Wireline Sand-Detection Tool Locates, Quantifies Downhole Sand Production
Field examples presented in the complete paper describe principles of data acquisition with a sand-detection tool when run in combination with a production logging string and results of logging in slightly deviated wells completed with sand screens.
Application of Multizone Water Injection Downhole Flow Control Completions With Fiber-Optic Surveillance
A multizone water-injection project has ultimately proved a method of using intelligent completion interval-control valves in place of traditional sand-control completions in soft sand reservoirs.
Oil Price Pains Flow Downhill
As operators feel the pinch of low oil prices, so, too, do their service providers.
Sand-Control Technology for Water Injectors Improves Well Performance
In 2014, a research and development (R&D) project was initiated to increase the life expectancy of Gulf of Mexico (GOM) Miocene and Lower Tertiary water-injection (WI) wells, several of which had suffered a severe loss of injectivity within only a few years of completion.
New Model Enhances Flux Management in Sand-Control Completions
This paper discusses a probabilistic flux and erosion model and work flow that extend the ability to estimate inflow through sand screens on a foot-by-foot basis along the wellbore using the well's completion details, production rate, and reservoir and bottomhole flowing pressures.
Digital Transformation at BP is Starting to Add Up to Billions
Analytics, sensors, and robots are changing the way one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies does business. Underpinning all the new technology though is a shift in how BP thinks, and what it means to be a supermajor in the 21st century.
Study Investigates Formation Damage Induced by Water Reinjection in Unconsolidated Sands
This paper describes a coreflooding program performed with sandpacks at different permeabilities, water qualities, and injection conditions.
Ceramic Sand Screens Applied in Maturing Oil Field Offshore Malaysia
This paper presents the first successful application of ceramic sand screens offshore Malaysia. Ceramic sand screens were considered as a remedial sand-control method because of their superior durability and resistance compared with metallic sand screens.
Hybrid Sand-Consolidation Fluid Offers Versatility in Treatment of Shallow Reservoirs
In this paper, a new type of sand-consolidation low-viscous binding material, based on a combination of inorganic and organic components, is presented.
Simulation of Sand Production Caused by Water-Hammer Events
This paper proposes a new work flow to simulate water-hammer events, the resulting wellbore failure, and sand production in water injectors.
Advancement in Openhole Sand-Control Applications With Shape-Memory Polymer
This paper summarizes a technology using SMP to provide downhole sand control in openhole environments.
Downhole Sand-Ingress Detection With Fiber-Optic Distributed Acoustic Sensors
This paper shows results from use of a new technology that uses in-well-conveyed fiber-optic distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) for the detection of sand-ingress zones across the reservoir section throughout the production period in real time.
One-Trip Multizone Sand-Control-Completion System in the Gulf of Mexico Lower Tertiary
This paper provides perspective on the current state of multizone completion technology and issues encountered in the industry with developing a system that offers increased capabilities to meet the increasing challenges presented by the Lower Tertiary in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sand Management and Sand Control
Production from sand-prone reservoirs is one of the more daunting tasks, with formidable challenges. Sand management and control remain as an old problem but with new challenges because of the suppressed oil and gas prices. Cost-saving and value-adding solutions are vital now more than ever.
Collapse Analysis of Perforated Pipes Under External Pressure
This work is a study of collapse pressure of perforated pipes to evaluate the effect of lateral perforations on the radial resistance of pipes under external pressure.
Airborne Dust Limits Finalized for Sand Use in Hydraulic Fracturing
A closer look at technological and mechanical solutions being developed to limit exposure to respirable silica dust during hydraulic fracturing operations in the wake of US government regulations.
Fit-For-Purpose Sand Screens Address Cost-Benefit Balance
Operators continue to look to prolific high-permeability, clastic reservoirs in basins around the world. The use of high-deviation and horizontal well trajectories in these fields improves productivity but increases the challenges of sand control.
Sand Management and Sand Control
Could the development of consistent practices be a critical first step on our journey toward achieving improvements in completion quality? The list of practices is quite long. For sand-control applications, we could start with those activities that occur early in the design process.
Re-Evaluation of Gravel-Pack-Sizing Criteria
In this paper, gravel-pack pore size is evaluated further by use of the permeability of the gravel pack and other methods. A new sizing method is proposed that is based on the effective formation size and the gravel-pack pore size.
Factors Governing the Performance of Multilayered Metal-Mesh Screens
Multilayered metal-mesh screens (MMSs) are widely used as standalone screens for sand control in unconsolidated formations. It is often found that screens with the same filter-layer nominal rating perform differently.
Evaluating Sand-Screen Performance With Sand-Retention Tests and Numerical Modeling
This paper presents a combined experimental and numerical-modeling study on sand-screen performance. The objective is to develop an improved methodology for optimal sand-screen-aperture selection by addressing some of the limitations present in existing sand-retention tests.
High-Angle Frac-Pack Completions in Shallow Sands: A Case Study
Telok is a gasfield development in the Malay basin offshore Terengganu, Malaysia. This paper discusses the program learnings and operational improvements captured while completing eight new wells in 2012 and 2013.
Sand Management and Sand Control
Many of us have been so busy chasing the next well and the upcoming job that our skills in the area of optimizing our completions may have become a little rusty. Now is a great time to knock off that rust and revisit our best-laid plans.
Chemical Sand Consolidation: Developing a Strategic Capability Across a Wide Portfolio
Chemical sand consolidation works by pumping chemicals downhole to strengthen the formation and stop sanding. In most cases reported in the industry, chemical consolidation has been used in short production intervals (less than 100 m).
Integrated Approach to Sand Management in Mature-Field Operations
An integrated approach to sand management is crucial to address sanding risk in producers and injectors in a North Sea mature field.
Upgrade of Spar Topside With Comprehensive Sand-Management System
A deepwater field located offshore Sabah, east Malaysia, features a spar dry-tree unit (DTU) and multiple subsea-hub tiebacks to a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel (FPSO).
Flow Segmentizers Reduce Erosion of Standalone-Sand-Screen Completion
Standalone-sand-screen (SAS) completion, especially in horizontal gas wells with high potential for sand production, typically suffers from premature failure caused by sand erosion resulting from high velocity in the annulus near the heel section.
Thermoelectric Nanomaterial Improves Shale Stability
Large amounts of clay minerals are present in shale; shale’s resulting instability is a major problem while drilling.
Enhanced Sand-Control System Successfully Treats Six Zones in Offshore Indonesia Well
Although multiple-zone, downhole sand-control-tool systems have been in use since the early 1990s, these systems have been designed for jobs that require only low pump rates with low pressure differentials.
Sand Management and Sand Control
I think it is safe to say that the engineers and companies involved, in either building or using sand-control systems, have made significant strides and have added critical learnings to our industry.
Facilities Sand-Management Techniques Fall Into Two Types: Inclusionary and Exclusionary
Traditionally, sand-control equipment is used to prevent sand from entering the wellbore. An alternative is to produce solids with the well fluids and separate them at the surface.
Benchmark Helps Select Best Technique for Sand Control in Field Development
This paper shares the engineering approach used to determine where and when sand control was needed in offshore Malaysia on the basis of geomechanical sand-free critical-drawdown-pressure evaluation for the selected well type, configuration, and completion.
Sand Management and Frac Pack
Sand production is an unintended consequence of oil and gas production from unconsolidated and semi-consolidated reservoirs, causing damage to surface and subsurface well equipment and reducing the hydrocarbon productivity.
Nondestructive Core-Strength Tester Uses Steel Ball To Evaluate Hardness
This paper presents results from a nondestructive core-strength-index tester that is less destructive than the Schmidt hammer and less intrusive, easier, faster, and less expensive than the core scratch tester.
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