Sand production control mechanisms during oil well production and construction

Arman Salahi, Ali Naghi Dehghan, Seyed Jamal Sheikhzakariaee, Afshin Davarpanah

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Sand production is considered as one of the significant production issues that significantly reduce wellbore productivity. The process of sand or solids production in production operations is one of the crucial operational inefficiencies that can lead to wells collapsing. Besides, the drilling mud might erupt through the formation. Therefore, it is essential to properly determine what types of solids or sand are produced to correctly predict efficient sand control mechanisms. This paper aimed to compare different sand production control mechanisms and how to control or minimize sand production. Moreover, we consider injection pressure and sand moisture on the sand production rate. According to this study's findings, pressure injection and moisture increase had caused sand production increase, which should be considered in operational performances. Furthermore, chemical injection such as resin and hydrogel injection usually has efficient sand production control methods. An expandable sand screen is an expandable three-layer component that is driven into the well and expanded.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-367
Number of pages7
JournalPetroleum Research
Issue number4
Early online date17 Dec 2021
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2021


  • Chemical agents
  • Expandable sand screen
  • Injection pressure
  • Moisture
  • Sand production


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