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Solids Transport Examples - In Piping, Open Bag, and Closed Bin (B-FSM-164)

Example 1: Solids Transport in Piping (Onshore Australia)

Solids are removed from produced water with a liquid desander. The separated solids are not dewatered, but mixed with water to form a slurry. This slurry is transported by pipe several meters for injection disposal.

Example 2: Solids Transport in Open Bag (Onshore Europe)

Solids are removed from produced water with a liquid desander. The separated solids are dewatered in an open bin/bag system. The dewatered sand is picked up by crane, set on truck, and sent to landfill for disposal.

Example 3: Solids Transport in Closed Bin (Offshore Australia)

Solids are removed from multiphase flow with a wellhead filter-screen. The separated solids are dewatered in a closed-bin system. The dewatered sand is sent to shore for landfill disposal.

References:

  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
  3. Rawlins, C.H. “What to do with Produced Solids after Separation: Dewatering, Transport, and Disposal.”. White Paper Publication, eProcess Technologies. Link here

Next week I will discuss solids disposal.

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