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Sand Cleaning – Step 3: Cleaned Sand Discharge (B-FSM-145)

The following actions comprise Step 3 of the package operation – Cleaned Sand Discharge. These steps accompany the following graphic.

  1. Flow to sand cleaning cyclone stopped redirected to disposal line
  2. Utility water flow continues to cyclonic jetting device and eductor until solids completely discharged from accumulator (based on time or concentration)
  3. Discharged (clean) solids go to sump caisson or bagging/dewatering station
  4. Utility water runs through eductor and piping to post-flush


  1. Rawlins, C.H. and Wang, I. 2001. “Design and Installation of a Sand-Separation and -Handling System for a Gulf of Mexico Oil Production Facility”. SPE Production and Facilities, August, pp. 134-140. https://doi.org/10.2118/72999-PA
  2. Rawlins, C.H. 2019. “Enhanced Production Through Surface Facilities Sand Management.” SPE Distinguished Lecturer presentation. Link here

Next week I will cover Step 4 – ready system for next batch.

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