Sand Management Survey to Examine True Costs of Sand Production to the Oil and Gas Industry

Aberdeen based sand management and monitoring experts, Sand Monitoring Services Ltd (SMS), announces a joint venture with the Robert Gordon University to carry out an industry survey that will investigate the true extent and cost of sand production to the oil and gas industry.

“Over 70% of world’s oil and gas reserves are contained in sand reservoirs where sand production is likely to become a problem during the life of the field. Furthermore, at the 2006 IFDC Conference, BP noted that by 2010, 60% of its producing assets will be from sand prone reservoirs. With this in mind, SMS and RGU strongly believe that a topside survey is long overdue,” said SMS Director Alistair Moncur.

The sand management industry survey is the first of its kind and will follow a segmented approach to better explore the relevant target groups that include operators, service and manufacturing companies and related government bodies. The first area of focus on topside sand and erosion management will be launched at SPE’s 4th European Sand Management Forum, which will be held in Aberdeen on 10th and 11th March at AECC.

Commenting on the main intent of the milieu survey, Alistair said the key objective is to identify and review technology gaps in sand management. “The aim is straightforward – we will collate representative data, review, rationalise and present findings to quantify the cost of sand production in pounds and pence.  The baseline datum will be a fulcrum point from which to address topside sanding issues for the oil and gas industry.

“A significant issue facing UKCS operators is that of sand production; this is especially true of the Southern North Sea (SNS) gas fields”, continues Alistair.  “Sand can be effectively detected utillising acoustic or intrusive sand monitoring devices, but in isolation, this data is not sufficient to manage the risks and hazards associated with sand production. What is required is an integrated approach that can analyse sand production data as well as the overall process of sand management.”

SMS Directors Alistair Moncur and Andrew Kinsler will be presenting on both days of the Sand Management Forum to talk about the integrated approach to topside sand management, along with a detailed case study of how a UKCS operator adopted this approach to develop a multidisciplinary team that successfully implemented processes to understand the risks and mitigating measures to ensure asset integrity. 

Their subsequent session will aid technical procurement personnel in the selection of sand monitoring technology via a comparative study of simultaneous acoustic and intrusive sand monitoring data during well test and frac operations from the UKCS.

Further topics on the sand management survey, which will include sand control and exclusion technologies, will be completed throughout Q2 of 2010 with the results being released later this year.



About Sand Monitoring Services Ltd (SMS):

SMS was founded in 2004 as independent sand consultants offering specialist sand monitoring and management services, offering technical and operational benefits to the oil & gas industry. Winning projects across the world for the deployment of sand and solids monitoring services and technology, SMS is one of the smallest companies to be awarded the OHSAS 18001:2007 certification for its Occupational Health and Safety Management System by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

As part of the company’s commitment to demonstrating best practices in the industry, it regularly hosts Sand Monitoring Workshops to address the various problems associated with sand production and to create awareness about the application of simultaneous intrusive and acoustic real time sand monitoring technology for well service challenges.


About Sand Management Forum:

SPE Aberdeen Section and the Sand Management Network have developed this forum in response to the increasing awareness of sand production issues and the economic management of sand. It has grown in response to industry needs and developments, and the European Sand Management Forum is now a well-established event for knowledge-sharing and valuable networking.

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