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Sand Management and Disposal Program (PRO12)

  • To be announced for 2018


For many years, oil and gas producers have been in some manner “managing” produced solids at surface mostly as part of a reactive rather than a structured and planned strategy. This process has consisted mainly of separation, removal and solid’s disposal activities.
Sand management can be successfully applied to improve well production and reserves recovery through a structured plan that addresses all the aspects involved in the process. Wells, flow lines, risers and plant must be operated in a different manner in order to mitigate the risk posed by solids production and enhance well deliverability and process throughput.
This course starts by addressing the downhole issues such as sand failure, its causes and remedies in order to allow the attendant to understand the complete sand production process from the reservoir to surface. The course completes the cycle covering the remaining aspects of the problem from when sand particles enter the wellbore to the safe and efficient disposal of it.
The material makes an emphasis on the components of the process. These are:
  • Effective sand particle transportation from wellbore to surface
  • Safe and efficient removal/separation of the solids on surface
  • Environmentally compliant and cost effective disposal of the separated particles

The material presented in this course is focussed on the technical, operational and economic aspects of these three (3) steps.

Course Level: Intermediate
Instructor: Juan Tovar

Designed for you, if you are...

  • A practicing production or process engineer
  • A completion or petroleum engineer involved in well completion design or production management

How we build your confidence

Knowledge transfer is carried out through tutorials, crosswords, presentations and video.
A significant contribution from the class in terms of experiences, case histories and questioning of the subjects discussed is considered essential to fulfilling the objectives for the course.

The benefits from attending

By the end of the course you will:

  • Develop a clear understanding of the surface and subsurface issues influencing sand production
  • Learn how to plan effectively for operating wells with failed completions and producing solids
  • Be able to develop a strategy and measures to manage, monitor and produce wells from reservoirs with sanding problems
  • Identify the key technical and economic benefits of using sand management as a technique for enhanced production and water injection


  • Introduction
    - How sanding occurs
    - Modes of sand production
  • Properties of sand particles
    - Mineral composition of sandstones
    - Clays
    - Grain size characterisation
  • Sand control methods
    - Sand management
    - Slotted liner and screens
    - Gravel packs
    - Frac-pack
    - Chemical methods
    - Expandable screens
  • Sand management philosophy
    - Safety and environmental issues
    - Economic aspects
    - Technical/operational issues
    - Sand management strategy
  • Sand transport
    - Sub-surface sand transport
    - Sand transport in pipelines
  • Erosion
    - Factors affecting erosion mechanisms
    - API recommended practice RP 14E
    - Erosion rate modelling
  • Sand detection
    - Probe detection systems
    - External detection systems
    - Monitoring and sensors placement
    - Guidelines
  • Sand separation
    - Sand separation principles
    - Sand removal from vessels and pipes
    - Other sand removal methods
  • Sand disposal methods
    - Dumping
    - Re-injection
    - Ship to shore
    - Conversion of sand into usable materials

Customer Feedback

"The course was very technical, the instructor's methodology to present the course and answer questions was excellent" - Senior Production Engineering, Repsol
"The course is very much related to our daily activities. The instructor is very knowledgeable about the subject." - PE Superintendent at Dragon Oil
"Instructor had huge practical experience and is using it to back up every statement or theory." - Production Foreman at Dragon Oil




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