• A Methodology to Identify the Root-Cause and Conditions of Sand Production, by Integrating Production, Reservoir and Completion Variables. Applied to a Colombian Field (in Spanish)

    This presentation in Spanish (slides in English) is from the 2020 SPE Latin American and Caribbean Petroleum Engineering Conference. Our archived 2020-21 event content is now available free to SPE members!

    • Paper Number: SPE-199110-MS
    • Published: 20 July 2020
    • Authors: Anggie Paola Charry Torrado; Diego Armando Vargas Silva; Hernan Darío Mantilla Hernandez; Yair Andres Quintero Peña

    Sanding during hydrocarbon production is a critical problem in many fields around the world. In this work a methodology has been applied that integrates into a diagnostic diagram: production information, sand production interventions, fluids, completion and formations, and correlating the most critical sanding zones with the behavior of rock destabilizing variables.

    From this analysis, it is possible to recognize the areas that are most sensitive to producing sand and the operating conditions that sharpen the scenario. It was found that existing methodologies focus on estimating the stresses under which the rock fails and therefore produce sanding, but they do not focus on analyzing the root cause and conditions that can cause sand production in the first place, which is important to understand the behavior of the rock under different stresses.

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  • A Methodology to Identify the Root-Cause and Conditions of Sand Production, by Integrating Production, Reservoir and Completion Variables. Applied to a Colombian Field (in Spanish)