SMN Member Profiles

25 June 2014

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  • Technology Forum on 'Sand Consolidation' - Aberdeen

    The call for abstracts is now out so please get in touch if you would wish to present.  Click on 'download programme' for more details.

    Open to: SMN Members

    Date: 30/01/2020
    Time: 09:00-16:00

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  • 9th Euroforum, in association with SPE Aberdeen

    SMN, in association with SPE Aberdeen are delighted to announce the 9th Euroforum will be held at Ardoe House Hotel as follows:

    Monday 23rd March - pre conference workshop

    Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th March - full conference and exhibition.

    The call for abstracts has now closed and the programme is being constructed so details will be out soon.

    If you are interested on sponsorship or exhibition opportunities then please click on the download programme button for the document.  

    Open to: Public

    Date: 23/03/2020

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  • Technology Forum - Stavanger

    Further details to be announced

    Open to: SMN Members

    Date: 03/06/2020

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The Sand Management Network (SMN) Community

The SMN is a valued Community dedicated to managing sand worldwide in an Oil and Gas production context, facilitated by the SMN administration team, comprising of a Network manager, Technical Assistant and two committees of sand professionals (the Technical Steering Committee [TSC] & Technical Advisory Group [TAG]) who encourage codifying and capture of sand knowledge.  The SMN holds regular events and meetings, in addition to maintaining a Sand Management Information System. The SMN member's community builds on objectives within the technical framework of sand management to enhance awareness of the issues related to sand management, including best practices and technology development.

The Sand Management Network Member Profiles includes up to date news from member organisations, and an introduction to outline the organisations currently involved in the SMN.

Each SMN member is represented by their Logo on the main page of the wesbite.  Displayed in alphabetical order, clicking on the individual logos will connect you to the associated organisation's main webpage.  Use the pause icon, and the arrow icons to control the display.

The Sand Management Network was established in 2002.  Running in two year cycles, the current Phase 6 membership consists of 15 operators, 15 service companies, 4 Universities and UK Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC).   SMN Members, past and present have contributed to the collection of information contained by this website.

Please view pages:   Why Join the SMN?   &    What is the SMN?

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Each Sand Management Network member organisation is represented by a Focal Point.  Contact details are available in the Members Zone Contacts database.  

Phase 6 membership,  2012 - 2014 (in alphabetical order)

Member Profile Text provided by Member Organisation Focal Point.

  • Baker Hughes
  • BG Group
  • BP - Focal Point: Robbie Allam, BP Completions Engineering Team Leader.  The Member's interests lie in exploring the best practices and experiences of sand management.
  • Cabot Speciality Fluids
  • Cairn India
  • Chevron
  • ClampOn
  • DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) - Focal point Contact is  Mike Hannan.  DECC is the regulator for Oil and Gas licensing of exploration and production.  DECC awards (and revokes) licenses to explore and to produce in the event of exploration success, and permits to install facilities on the seabed.  DECC monitors that licensees are operating and producing according to good practice for oil and gas recovery and environmental care.  Note that the HSE are the safety and hence the "design" authority.  DECC interest in Sand Management relates to any effects that "sand issues " have on oil and gas production and recovery, and any effects on the environment such as "oil on sand disposal to sea".  Thus, DECC interest would range from good sand face design and productivity and zonal isolation, to good water and solids separation for acceptable disposal of oil to sea.
  • DPS Global - DPS boasts a formidable breadth of sand removal, handling and management expertise, with considerable technical knowledge and practical experience.  This means we are able to design and manage both complete and tailored solids management solutions.  We also provide individual fluidising units for retrofit or new build projects, enabling the online removal of solids from any pressurised or atmospheric system.
  • Enquest
  • Expro - The Expro mission is well flow management. We provide services and products that measure, improve, control and process flow from high-value oil and gas wells, from exploration and appraisal through to mature field production optimisation and enhancement.  Our vision is to be the market leader in well flow management, using the industry's best people, to deliver the highest standards of safety, quality and personalised customer service. We provide a range of solutions across six areas of capability: Exploration & Appraisal Testing; Subsea Safety Systems; Drilling & Completion; Flow back & Clean-up; Production; Well Integrity & Intervention.  Expro has 40 years of experience and innovation empowers the company to offer tailor-made solutions for customers across the energy sector. With 5,000 employees across 50 countries, Expro offers a truly global service solution
  • Halliburton - Focal Point: Darren Cortes, Halliburton Completions Business Development - Halliburton Sand Control Services provides a single source of solutions for all of your sand control challenges. Sand can present major obstacles to well production through reduced production rates, sand bridging, erosion of equipment, and sand disposal and removal.  Halliburton offers dedicated equipment and services for gravel packing, high-rate water packs, frac pack treatments, horizontal screen/ICD/AICD completions, and horizontal gravel packs—all of which can be supported with computer-simulated designs.  Our sand control services begin with an in-depth analysis of the reservoir and well conditions to help design and select the optimum fluid systems and downhole equipment for every well. Halliburton provides specialized surface and downhole equipment including gravel pack packers and screens to inhibit the movement of formation sand into the wellbore, surface pumping equipment, fluid systems, and filtration systems —all supported by completion service designed to help operators capture the best value from their assets.
  • Heriot Watt University - Heriot Watt University provides opportunity for research and teaching in subjects related to petroleum engineering and geoscience. We have close links with the industry and much of our research and teaching is sponsored by the operator and service sectors from the UK and globally.  We have a number of research groups that are interested in sand management from the reservoir engineering/completions perspective. These groups are interested in the identification of sand management problems and their remediation mainly in terms of their mechanical and chemical effects.
  • IESL-Global (Innovative Engineering Systems) - Innovative Engineering Systems, an independent engineering company based in Edinburgh that specialises in well and well bore construction, completion and production. Actively involved in real time sand management and production enhancement projects and a provider of independent rock testing services for sand face completion and sand control.  IESL is a founding member of the Sand Management Network and continues to actively support it.  Our main interests are in raising the awareness amongst operators of the advantages and risk of managing wells with reservoirs that produce sand, and in developing and transferring engineering knowledge into operations to optimise production and maximise hydrocarbons recovery.
  • Intelligent Flow Solutions
  • Maersk Oil - SMN Focal Point: Hope Okhuoya;  Senior Production Technologist, Maersk Oil & Gas UK, who is responsible for completion design, long term well performance optimisation. and the member company's interest is in sand control, management and monitoring techniques and technology to ensure we produce our wells safer and protect the integrity of our well and facilities over the life of the field.  The SMN is a good platform to help achieve these goals.
  • Marathon Oil
  • Nexen - The SMN Focal Point from Nexen Petroleum UK is Martin White. He is the Production Engineering Team Lead for Nexen UK and is based in Aberdeen where he provides support to all of Nexen's North Sea operated assets.  Nexen is an upstream oil and gas company responsibly developing energy resources in the UK North Sea, offshore West Africa, the United States and Western Canada. A wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, Nexen has three principal businesses: conventional oil and gas, oil sands and shale gas.   Recent sand management activity within Nexen UK includes implementation of log based sand strength analysis methods to help define completion design, flow assurance on PWRI wells, ICD application, development of sand management strategies for new fields, and assessment of improved perforating techniques to mitigate sand production. 
  • NOV Merpro
  • The Robert Gordon University (RGU) - The Sand Management Network (“SMN”) was established by the Robert Gordon University in 2002. SMN is a network of upstream oil and gas related companies that have come together to tackle sand management related issues. The Network currently consists of operators, service companies, universities and Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK.  The aim of the Network is “Developing a high level sand management selection process using best in class techniques, procedures and equipment & highlighting technology gaps / required R&D to reduce costs per barrel by improving recovery and reducing well / operating costs”.  The Goals of the Network are topical each phase, and the objectives are determined by members. However, there are core SMN objectives and aspect which includes Sanding Prediction; Sand Monitoring; Topside Management; Sand Control; Intelligent Systems; Focus on Global Sand Management Issues; Sand management technology use and effectiveness; Sand management related future field development and operation business needs / gaps; Sand management strategies to optimise production e.t.c.  The Network holds events and meetings where the latest research, case studies, strategies and technologies applied in sand management are presented, discussed and shared. 
  • Roxar-Emerson - Roxar is a brand within Emerson Process Management (EPM), covering reservoir simulation, multiphase flow measurements, down-hole metering and flow assurance.  Monitoring of corrosion and sand/erosion is part of the flow assurance business line scope. Sand monitoring has three main objectives 1. optimize production rates, 2. minimize erosion and risk of damage, and 3. better reservoir understanding.  Roxar provide: acoustic sand monitors for immediate detection and (multiple element) intrusive sand/erosion monitors for direct erosion assessment, as wells as intrusive and non-intrusive corrosion monitoring technologies.  Most technologies are available in topside and subsea versions.  The approaches have different benefits and limitations, and the best result is often achieved by combining different approaches in a combined monitoring solution. Intrusive sand /erosion probes are now available with Wireless Hart communication, reducing the installation threshold for an on-line monitoring system.  Roxar and EPM have a global coverage, and a vision on giving quality advice and high performing products to our clients worldwide.
  • Sand Monitoring Services (SMS)
  • Schlumberger
  • Senergy Ltd. - Senergy offer consultancy services for sand failure analysis, sand control selection and sand face completion design. Senergy and its staff members have contributed to the SMN since it's outset and frequently attend to keep up to date on the latest developments in sand management and network with peers , service providers and clients.
  • Shell
  • Statoil
  • Suncor Energy - SMN Focal Point: Dennis Baxter, Senior Production Engineer responsible for monitoring performance of Suncor’s North Sea assets. Interest in SMN lies in; Sand production impacts the operability/ profitability of north sea assets, the SMN provides a useful forum to stay abreast of ongoing issues and solutions related to sand production. 
  • Talisman Energy
  • Total - SMN Focal Point Samuel Heng; Production Engineer & Coordinator for R&D activities related to Sand Management, whose main activity is to assist projects and production sites for topside treatments issues, specifically Water Treatment (produced water and injection water) and Surface Sand Handling. Total's objective as a member of SMN is to share our experiences and needs on Sand Management with the other members.  The key for successful sand management today relies on the ability to predict and monitor, with confidence, the solids produced.  One of the main challenges of sand management is the sand monitoring tools that are not yet satisfactory for quantitative measurements. 
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Cambridge - Prof Kenichi Soga, the Head of the Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering Research Group, is the focal point contact. The Group is the UK hub in the area of geomechanics for energy resource extraction. Our current research projects on sand management include numerical modelling and experimental investigation of sand production from hydrate bearing unconsolidated/weakly consolidated reservoirs. A multi-field coupled production model and high-pressure testing apparatus have been developed to facilitate this particular sand production research. We are interested in promoting our experimental testing facility and in-house numerical codes to solve geomechanics issues encountered in the oil and gas industry.
  • Weatherford - Weatherford is one of the largest international oil and natural gas service companies. The company provides products and services for drilling, evaluation, completion, production and intervention of oil and natural gas wells, along with pipeline construction and commissioning. Headquartered in Switzerland, Weatherford currently operates in more than 100 countries across the globe.
  • Wood Group
  • Woodside Energy Ltd.







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