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Subsea Sand Management – Path A: Conventional Approach (B-FSM-177)

The Conventional Approach uses known or standard methods or technology.

Exclusionary Production

  • Install downhole completion equipment
  • Reduce well output below sand production level

Flow Design

  • Lower velocity in piping to minimize erosion
  • Increase velocity to prevent solids from settling

Material Design

  • Design components with manageable erosion or increase MOC for longer erosive life (material type or thickness)

Leave sand in-place and remove during periodic maintenance.


  1. Rawlins, C.H. and Ditria, J.C., 2019. “The Subsea Sand Management Challenge – What to do with the Sand?”. Offshore Technology Conference, Houston, TX, 6-9 May, OTC-29278-MS. https://doi.org/10.4043/29278-MS
  2. Rawlins, C.H. 2019. “Enhanced Production Through Surface Facilities Sand Management.” SPE Distinguished Lecturer presentation. Link here
  3. eprocess-training.com

Next week I will continue discussion on the three category paths.

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