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Sand Control Techniques

Approach to sand Production Reasons & Remedial Action

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Code Date Venue Fee($)
OG234 22 - 26 Sep 2019 Dubai - UAE 4,950

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Why Choose this Training Course? 

Sand production from (relatively) unconsolidated reservoirs is a frequently encountered, costly operational problem which has a significant impact on the case of well operation and the economics of oil or gas production. It is usually associated with shallow, young formations, but has also been encountered at depths greater than 4000m. Other types of unstable formations also show similar production problems -i.e. they allow “pieces” of the formation to break away and enter the perforation or wellbore. Soft chalks, shales, siltstones and rubble zones can all flow particles, undergo plastic failure or slough particles due to mechanical formation failure the stresses imposed by well production.

This PetroKnowledge training course will highlight:


Training Objectives

What are the Goals? 

At the end of this PetroKnowledge training course, participants will learn to:

  • Describe the impact of an incorrect decision of whether to allow for the installation of sand control during the original completion design
  • Explain the reasons for the lack of definition of “what constitutes a sand problem In the field”
  • State measures taken to modify completion/surface facilities to “live with” sand production
  • Construct a methodology for predicting sand failure
  • Discuss the various rock mechanical measurement that may help with this prediction
  • Identify and contrast the advantages/disadvantages of the various sand control options (none, sand consolidation, bare screen, internal and external gravel packs, “Frac and Pack”)
  • Discuss openhole completions design and drill-in fluid selection
  • Discuss the characteristics and functions of the fluid and proppant used in a gravel pack
  • Design a gravel pack be selecting the optimum gravel pack size and fluid for a gravel pack operation

Target Audience

Who is this Training Course for?

This PetroKnowledge training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals and will greatly benefit: 

  • Production supervisors
  • Production engineers
  • Completion supervisors and engineers
  • Reservoir engineers
  • Geologists
  • Drilling supervisors and engineers
  • Workover and well service supervisors

Training Methods

How will this Training Course be Presented? 

Participants will engage in a highly interactive learning experience, with a blend of class room learning, exercises, group work and discussion. The instructor will apply a range of proven adult learning teaching and facilitation techniques, which will address participants’ learning preference styles. Active participation is essential, to share experiences and expertise of the tutor, as well as the participants. We can all learn from each other.

Organisational Impact

  • Reducing operational risk by identifying the impact of an incorrect decision of whether or not to allow for the installation of sand control during the original completion design
  • Discuss what institutes a sand production problem from a production operator’s point of view.
  • Describe the various types of sand control Apply best practices to ensure successful sand control completions
  • Conduct successful frac packs
  • Evaluate sand control performance
  • Evaluate new technologies for proper applications

Personal Impact

  • Describe the impact of an incorrect decision of whether or not to allow for the installation of sand control during the original completion design
  • Explain the reasons for the lack of definition of “what constitutes a sand problem in the field”
  • State measures taken to modify completion/surface facilities to “live with” sand production
  • Construct a methodology for predicting sand failure
  • Discuss the various rock mechanical measurement that may help with this prediction
  • Identify and contrast the advantages/disadvantages of the various sand control options (none, sand consolidation, bare screen, internal and external gravel packs, “Frac and Pack”)
  • Discuss openhole completions design and drill-in fluid selection
  • Discuss the characteristics and functions of the fluid and proppant used in a gravel pack

Daily Agenda

Day One: Sand Production Meaning, Reasons & Prediction 

  • What is the sand production?
  • “Fines” Production
  • Sand Cementation
  • When is Sand Production a Problem?
  • Reasons Of sand production, Formation properties and production practices?
  • What are the consequences of sand production in reservoir, wellbore and on surface equipment?
  • Predicting sanding potential
    • Field observations
    • Formation Strength Log
    • Sonic Log
    • Laboratory Experiments
  • Overview of sand production issues and sand management options

Day Two: Mitigating Sand Production Without Screens 

  • Living with Sand Production
  • Drilling and Completion best practices to reduce sand production tendency.
  • Production best practices
  • Opening and closing procedures for the well
  • Optimum draw down to control sand
  • Perforation selection for sand production controlling without mechanical methods
  • Perforating only strong intervals
  • How many SPF to be selected
  • Small entrance hole or big entrance hole
  • Perforation orientation
  • Perforation phasing
  • Prevention phase and decision based on technical information.
  • Sand production measurement
  • Sand production monitoring
  • Intrusive detectors
  • Non-intrusive detectors

Day Three: Mechanical Sand Exclusion

  • Formation Grain Size Distribution
  • Gravel and screen selection
  • Testing and selection of screens and completion fluids
  • Sand Control Screen Types
  • Wire-wrapped screens (WWS)
  • Pre-packed screens (PPS)
  • Premium screens (sometimes called mesh or woven screens)
  • Types of Gravel packs
  • External Gravel Packs
  • Internal Gravel Pack
  • Perforating specifically for gravel packing
  • Gun design and deployment
  • Perforation sizing and shapes
  • Perforation cleaning methods
  • Advantages / Disadvantages of gravel packing
  • Operational Considerations
  • Fluids for gravel packing
  • Fluid loss control

 Day Four: Mechanical Sand Exclusion Continued - (Fracpack & Openhole Gravel Pack)

  • Frac Packing in cased completions
  • Fracturing Fluid Systems
  • Sand Control in Open-hole Completions
  • Application of Open Hole Completions
  • Fluids related to drill-in (fluid loss control)
  • Expandable Screens
  • Deviated Well Problems and Solutions.
  • Fluid requirements and selection criteria
  • Gravel Pack Evaluation

Day Five: Chemical Sand Consolidation & Alternative New Standalone Screen Technology 

  • Chemical Consolidation Methods
  • Limitation and operational consideration
  • Resin-coated sand
  • Combination packing/consolidation systems
  • Standalone Screens
  • Criteria of standalone screen selection
  • Standalone screen failures
  • Successfully using standalone screens
  • Vent screen case study

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Sand Control Techniques
Approach to sand Production Reasons & Remedial Action


Code Date Venue Fees
OG234 22 - 26 Sep 2019 Dubai - UAE $4,950



Why Choose this Training Course? 

Sand production from (relatively) unconsolidated reservoirs is a frequently encountered, costly operational problem which has a significant impact on the case of well operation and the economics of oil or gas production. It is usually associated with shallow, young formations, but has also been encountered at depths greater than 4000m. Other types of unstable formations also show similar production problems -i.e. they allow “pieces” of the formation to break away and enter the perforation or wellbore. Soft chalks, shales, siltstones and rubble zones can all flow particles, undergo plastic failure or slough particles due to mechanical formation failure the stresses imposed by well production.

This PetroKnowledge training course will highlight:


Training Objectives

What are the Goals? 

At the end of this PetroKnowledge training course, participants will learn to:

Target Audience

Who is this Training Course for?

This PetroKnowledge training course is suitable to a wide range of professionals and will greatly benefit: 

Training Methods

How will this Training Course be Presented? 

Participants will engage in a highly interactive learning experience, with a blend of class room learning, exercises, group work and discussion. The instructor will apply a range of proven adult learning teaching and facilitation techniques, which will address participants’ learning preference styles. Active participation is essential, to share experiences and expertise of the tutor, as well as the participants. We can all learn from each other.

Organisational Impact

Personal Impact

Daily Agenda

Day One: Sand Production Meaning, Reasons & Prediction 

Day Two: Mitigating Sand Production Without Screens 

Day Three: Mechanical Sand Exclusion

 Day Four: Mechanical Sand Exclusion Continued - (Fracpack & Openhole Gravel Pack)

Day Five: Chemical Sand Consolidation & Alternative New Standalone Screen Technology 

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