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Facilities Sand Management Case Studies (B-FSM-198)

A helpful tool in designing a Facilities Sand Management system is to see what other companies have done in their situation. There are several good technical papers and Case Studies – listed below – to provide guidelines for understanding a good FSM scheme and to see what others have done.

Technical Papers

  • “Enhanced Production Through Surface Facilities Sand Management”. SPE Distinguished Lecturer presentation. 2018-2019.
  • “Upgrade of Spar Topsides with Comprehensive Facilities Sand Management System”. Y. Loong; H. Rawlins; D. Goo. 2014. https://doi.org/10.4043/24705-MS
  • “Design and Installation of a Sand-Separation and -Handling System for a Gulf of Mexico Oil Production Facility”. C.H. Rawlins, I.I. Wang. 2001. https://doi.org/10.2118/72999-PA

Case Studies

The full set of Case Study slides are found on our website here: Case Studies (eprocess-tech.com). These include onshore and offshore applications, multiphase desanders at wellhead and wellstream, sand cleaning, and produced water desanding.

The full set of eBlog posts can be found at the eProcess Technologies eBlog site here: eBlog (eprocess-tech.com).

 

Regards,

Hank Rawlins, PhD, P.E.
Managing Director/CTO
eProcess Technologies
hrawlins@eprocess-tech.com

Facilities Sand Management: Key Technical Papers (B-FSM-197)

At the end of each of the eleven training modules on Facilities Sand Management, I post a set of references – or key technical papers. These are for you to do the research yourself. Check my assumptions or statements for yourself.

The full set of posts can be found at the eProcess Technologies eBlog site here: eBlog (eprocess-tech.com).

The top recommended reference papers are listed as follows;

  • “Fluid Production Enhancement by Exploiting Sand Production”. M.B. Geilikman, M.B. Dusseault, F.A. Dullien.1994. https://doi.org/10.2118/27797-MS
  • “Design and Installation of a Sand Separation and Handling System for a Gulf of Mexico Oil Production Facility”. C. H. Rawlins, I. I. Wang. 2001. https://doi.org/10.2118/72999-PA
  • “How Can Sand Production Yield a Several-Fold Increase in Productivity: Experimental and Field Data”. H. H. Vaziri, E. Lemoine, I. D. Palmer, J. McLennan, R. Islam. 2000. https://doi.org/10.2118/63235-MS
  • “Generalization of API RP 14E for Erosive Service in Multiphase Production”. B. S. McLaury, S. A. Shirazi. 1999. https://doi.org/10.2118/56812-MS
  • “Design of a Cyclonic Solids Jetting Device and Slurry Transport System for Production Systems”. C. H. Rawlins. 2016. https://doi.org/10.2118/166118-PA
  • “Upgrade of Spar Topsides with Comprehensive Facilities Sand Management System”. Y. Loong, H. Rawlins, D. Goo. 2014. https://doi.org/10.4043/24705-MS
  • “Separating Solids First – Design and Operation of the Multiphase Desander”. C. H. Rawlins. 2017. https://doi.org/10.2118/185658-MS
  • “The Design and Operation of Oil-Gas Production Separator Desanding Systems”. Priestman, G.H., Tippetts, J.R., Dick, D.R. Trans IChemE, Vol. 74, Part A, March 1996, pp. 166-176.
  • “What to do with Produced Solids after Separation: Dewatering, Transport, and Disposal”. C.H. Rawlins. 2022. https://doi.org/10.2118/210003-MS
  • “The Subsea Sand Management Challenge – What to do with the sand?”. C.H. Rawlins, J.C. Ditria. 2019. https://doi.org/10.4043/29278-MS

Most of these can be found on SPE OnePetro. And I hope these papers provide useable information for your daily activities.

Regards,

Hank Rawlins, PhD, P.E.
Managing Director/CTO
eProcess Technologies
hrawlins@eprocess-tech.com

FSM eBlog – The Five Most Important Posts (B-FSM-196)

As we near the end of eBlog posting series on Facilities Sand Management I’d like to recommend the five most important posts to read through if you are just getting started.

The full set of posts can be found at the eProcess Technologies eBlog site here: eBlog (eprocess-tech.com).

  1. eBlog Post B-FSM-004 from August 15, 2017: A Skillful Approach for Oil & Gas Production (B-FSM-004) (eprocess-tech.com). This post provides the basis for economic benefit for sand co-production.
  2. eBlog Post B-FSM-006 from August 29, 2017: Where to Remove Sand from Oil & Gas Facilities (B-FSM-006) (eprocess-tech.com). This post introduces the Four Nodes of Sand Management with definition.
  3. eBlog Post B-FSM-034 from April 3, 2018: Solids Handling for Upstream Oil & Gas Industry: Introduction (B-FSM034) (eprocess-tech.com). This post introduces the Five Steps of Sand Management with definitions.
  4. eBlog Post B-FSM-040 from May 15, 2018: Solids Handling for Upstream Oil & Gas Industry: Putting All Five-Steps Together (OTC-24705) (B-FSM040) (eprocess-tech.com). This post details the worlds largest offshore facilities sand management system by providing the approach using the five-step methodology.
  5. eBlog Post B-FSM-171 from March 15, 2022 : Solids Dewatering-Transport-Disposal White Paper Presentation (B-FSM-171) (eprocess-tech.com). What to do with produced sand after separation is the most overlooked step in planning – and this paper provided guidelines to help.

I hope these posts provide useable information for your daily activities.

Regards,

Hank Rawlins, PhD, P.E.
Managing Director/CTO
eProcess Technologies
hrawlins@eprocess-tech.com

FSM Demo Videos – CC in English and Spanish (B-FSM-195)

eProcess has put together a series of FSM equipment demonstration videos at the link below.

https://eprocess-training.com/demo-videos/

These videos provide visual operation of;

  • Desander hydrocyclone
  • Hydrocyclone accumulator purge
  • eJECT cyclonic transporter
  • World’s largest offshore FSM system

The videos are part of our training web site www.eprocess-training.com launched March 1, 2022.

The main training course requires a fee, while the demo videos are free.

These videos are now available with Closed Captioning (CC) in English and Spanish.

The site focuses on Facilities Sand Management (FSM), which is a specialized subject area previously unavailable to the engineering professional in the oil & gas industry.

This is not a marketing or selling course. Our biggest challenge as a company is the lack of proper information, solid engineering foundations, and consistent and logical work-flow approach to the subject material – in the marketplace.

Our objective is that on completion of the course, the individual will have a solid foundation of knowledge to address and make informed decisions in a qualified manner. They will be able to converse with anyone, including engineering designers, equipment suppliers, and manufacturers regarding design and deployment of a proper Facilities Sand Management solution for their facilities.

I hope you find the information presented useful for your daily activities.

Regards,

Hank Rawlins, PhD, P.E.
Managing Director/CTO
eProcess Technologies
hrawlins@eprocess-tech.com

Facilities Sand Management Calculation Exercises (B-FSM-194)

This post provides calculation exercises based on material previously posted. You will need to first view the reference post or module to understand the background before conducting these exercises.

This post provides two calculation examples. Please take the full training course here to receive more example calculations.

Exercise 1: Reference Post B-FSM-022

Exercise 2: Reference Posts B-FSM-024 and B-FSM-028

References:

  1. Rawlins, C.H. 2019. “Enhanced Production Through Surface Facilities Sand Management.” SPE Distinguished Lecturer presentation. Link here

Next week I will have an announcement about the FSM demo videos.

 
 
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