…therefore, all production facilities must be capable of managing sand in the flow streams.
The most common methods of sand management attempt to exclude solid particles from the well flow using a production limit or completion string. When these approaches are not economical or technically feasible, or when they fail, the surface facilities (subsea, offshore, or onshore) must manage the produced sand.
Surface sand handling is termed Facilities Sand Management (FSM).
Sand co-production, which requires Facilities Sand Management, is shown to increase hydrocarbon recovery. This approach completes the well without a completion string – either barefoot or open-hole with large slots. Sand is produced with the hydrocarbons to increase the reservoir interface area, decrease skin, and improve inflow. Sand must be separated and handled in the surface facilities without interfering with the equipment uptime.
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