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Nearly 200 delegates have enjoyed 2 days of excellent presentations at the SPE SMN European Sand Management Forum in Aberdeen over the last two days. Roll on the next one - 2016! 

A big Thank you to all the particpants in this event.

Event Summaries available in the SMN Members Zone Library now.

6th SPE SMN Sand Management Forum on 26 – 27 March 2014 with Pre-Conference Workshop on 25th March 2014

Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB23 8BL, Scotland, UK  

Steering Committee Chairman: Robbie Allam, BP and Co-chair: Colin Jones, Chevron


Message from the Chairman; SPE SMN 6th European Sand Management Forum

“Once again, the Sand Management Network and Society of Petroleum Engineers Aberdeen Section have delivered a packed agenda for the 6th European Sand Management Forum. The industry continues to address the challenges of Sand Management across a wide ranging portfolio of reservoirs and geographical locations. How to manage and handle sand remains important to the industry for maintaining well and plant integrity, as well as increasing operations efficiency and field recovery factors”.

The event was opened with an introduction from the steering committee Chair Robbie Allam and the two-day programme began with a key note address from Dan Ryan, Sand Control Manager, BP Global Wells Organisation which was warmly received by the 188 attendees on a typically mild March day in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Registration had been held downstairs in the AECC from 8am with Breakfast rolls, tea and coffee. The set-up was convenient for delegates to browse the exhibition stands and network over breakfast.  The main conference room was upstairs in the Gordon A suite of the AECC for the two day event.  The pre-conference workshop was held in the Gordon B suite the preceding day. 

The programme over the two days was split into 4 sessions, and each session chair introduced the speakers and conducted Q&A following each presentation.  Speakers received warm applause after questions and a gift to thank them for their participation in what turned out to be a tremendous 6th European sand management forum.  Day One included two sessions and ended with a networking session in the exhibition room which had a lively buzz about it and followed on from an informative day of presentations.  The Q&A which followed each speaker’s topic was energetic and attendees participated at length taking the opportunity to discuss, debate, comment and ask the speakers questions.  Session 1 on Sand management and asset integrity was chaired by Colin Jones, Chevron; Session 2 entitled Between a rock, fluids and a hard place was chaired by Tim Wood, NALCO Champion; Session 3 was on  Sand monitoring, handling and remediation hosted by Andrew Robertson of NOV and the final session on Downhole sand control selection was led by Stever Hicking of Shell, with each Chairman leading proceedings with their own style and expertise.  We thank those who attended, participated, and offered quality technical sessions and posters.  A thank you also to the sponsors, event organisers and steering committee of the 6th European Sand management forum.

The posters displayed were from Universities including The Robert Gordon University and Cranfield University.

Day one began with a Session theme of Sand management and asset integrity, Presentations were given by representatives of Statoil, NEL, eProcess Technologies and BP, with lively questions & answers after each presentation.  Session 1 started at 09.10 with the Keynote address and ended at approximately 12.00.  Session 2 began with IESL presenting, followed by the Q&A and Lunch.

Dan Ryan’s keynote speech entitled Sand Control Challenges and opportunities: An Operator perspective described BP’s portfolio of sand prone wells and the approaches the company takes to ensure effective sand control.  He gave an operator perspective on sand control challenges and opportunities and discussed the emerging challenges the company faces in sand control in both producer and injection wells and the approaches BP are taking to address these working with the service sector.  He summarised by giving a personal view on areas where there are opportunities for future technical development in sand control.

The first presentation by Ted Brueren of Statoil described the techniques and equipment used when applying a dynamic desander for improved sand production management in the Guffalks field.  Followed by Q&A.  John Peters of NEL discussed some of the main factors of particle erosion and how erosion can be managed with a combination of erosion testing and erosion modelling, and how to best simulate the ‘field’ conditions.  Followed by Q&A.  The  energetic Hank Rawlins of eProcess Technologies asked "What to do with the sand?" In his discussion on sand management in subsea processing, he spoke about dealing with sand, including separation and disposal; treatment of the solids, and removal of the solids and depicted technology advancements in the Industry.  Followed by Q&A.  Nick Blyth of BP summarised lessons learned from previous attempts to manage sand on ETAP, detailing the technical challenges of brownfield sand management and outlining the multi-discipline strategy, with a schematic diagram, that has been put in place together with a summary of the expected benefits.  Followed by Q&A. 

Juan Tovar from IESL described the investigation undertaken by the Sand Production and Pore Pressure management team at Centrica Energy at Chestnut field where methodologies and results were presented on petro-physical properties.  Followed by Q&A.

Lunch was buffet style with delicious desserts and bowls of rice, fish, vegetable and meat.

Session 2 continued after the lunch interval at 13.30 and ran to 17.00, with presentation from representatives of Heriot Watt University, Weatherford, Robert Gordon University, TOTAL, Senergy and Schlumberger and this session was chaired by Time Wood of NALCO Champion.  A refreshments break was had and there was a buzz of excitement around the networking session with refreshments, which brought the first day to a close, in the exhibition room at around 18.00.

Mustapha Lamorde from Heriot Watt University presented a novel methodology of predicting sand debris production based on fracture energy dissipation of experimentally produced shear fractures, created under various triaxial stress states.  Followed by Q&A.  Tracey Ballard of Weatherford discussed possible methods to evaluate water injectors to take into account such effects as re-sorting due to water hammer and produced sand being re-injected though the screen.  She described laboratory testing methods of throbbing and pressurisers.  Followed by Q&A.  Gbenga Oluyemi from Robert Gordon University presented laboratory experiments on rock cores to investigate the nature of the interaction between a chemical scale inhibitor and reservoir formation. Followed by Q&A.  Refreshments were taken in the Exhibition Hall.   Philippe Marchina of Total presented case studies and discussed the impact of the formation strength on the design of the clean-up sequence.  Followed by Q&A.  Michael Byrne from Senergy presented the largest ever near wellbore and well fully coupled numerical inflow model which has captured 1.3km well length, sand screen sections, ICDs and more than 10,000 individual perforations to demonstrate the viability of the recompletion and identified the impact of multiphase flow in to the well and along the wellbore in order to explain how modelling can become a routine basis of design for sand controlled wellbores.  Followed by Q&A.  Rajesh A. Chanpura, Schlumberger critically reviewed the current practices in PSD determination and the use and misuse of the information obtained from those measurements as well as proposing new methodology.  Followed by Q&A.

Networking Reception in the Exhibition Hall

Programme for Thursday 27 March 2014 

Day two began at 08.00 with registration and breakfast rolls in Exhibition Hall and Session 3: Sand monitoring, handling and remediation Chaired by Andrew Robertson of NOV kicked off with presentations given by representatives of FMC Technologies, Maersk Oil, NALCO Champion, Weatherford and Sand Monitoring Services (SMS). The questions & answers after each presentation were as lively as the first day and had a good natured, analytical debate tone.  Lunch was at 12.00 noon.

The day opened with Adekunle Opawale of FMC Separation Innovation and Research Centre discussing the uniqueness of the sand separation technologies installed in subsea separation systems, and presented information on design philosophies and operations, and showed diagrams and pictorial representations of such systems.  Followed by Q&A.  Craig Knight from Maersk Oil discussed a field example where a new sand consolidation treatment method involving enzymatic calcium carbonate scale has been successfully applied to individual zones downhole to remediate failed proppant fractures, and outlines this technology which is an environmentally friendly alternative to commonly used resins and has the added benefit of being completely reversible.  Followed by Q&A.  Ceallach Magee from Nalco Champion discussed the environmental benefits of a new and unique approach to chemical treatment of sand production from wells.  She also highlighted the developing track record in treating constrained wells in a narrow range of completion and field types, and detailed how the technology has been successfully deployed globally.  Followed by Q&A, and refreshments in the Exhibition Hall for 30 minutes.

Pratyush Singh, of Weatherford International provided a unique and highly effective solution to the sanding problem. He outlined how chemistry can mitigate sand production, and reduce or stop fines migration to increase the maximum sand free rate.   This remedial sand control treatment was presented.  Followed by Q&A.  Chris Burke of SMS gave a thought provoking review of acoustic sand detector technology; and discussing the expectations and issues which operators have. He also, through the use of case studies and examples, presented tried and tested solutions to many of these problems that have enabled operators in the UK to maximise the benefits of their sand monitoring systems.  Followed by Q&A.  Lunch was served. 

Session 3 was on the theme of Downhole sand control selection and commenced at 13.15.  The final session of the two-day forum on sand management was Chaired by Steve Hicking of Shell.  The session began with Tahir Tahirov of BP who presented details of BP’s reservoir sand control completion design philosophy, and discussed the drilling and completion fluid system design and assurance testing in readiness for the technical challenges to be faced with the case study of the Clair Ridge project.  Followed by Q&A.  Ian Wattie, Yala Peak Limited presented Best Practices for stand-alone screens and highlighted some industry data suggesting poor success rates.  This presentation described how to achieve success, lower costs and how greater productivity can be achieved through following best practices, and outlined a field development case study comparing its actual design and installation with ideal best practice.  Followed by Q&A.  Peter Kidd of Baker Hughes described the design and execution of the first and second open hole gravel packed jobs with ICD screens and Lite Weight Proppant performed in Brazil.  Followed by Q&A.  After Refreshments in the Exhibition Hall, Josephine Wheeler and Svetlana Ivanova from BG Group presented an innovative approach for workover operations in highly erosive environment using ceramic sand screens. The design procedure presented coupled with sensitivity analysis provides a long term, cost effective revival of damaged wells.   The pentultimate speaker of the event was Martin Geddes of Weatherford who provided an insight into the performance and reliability of ESS, where the theme was on reliability and product evolution of this technology.  Followed by Q&A.  To close the 6th SPE SMN European Sand management forum 2014, Professor Babs Oyeneyin, Robert Gordon University, Chairman of the Sand Management Network gave the final address where he reviewed the event, and thanked everyone for attending.  This concluded a fine three day forum on sand management at 16.30.

6th SPE SMN European Sand management Forum 2014

Programme for Wednesday 26 March 2014


Registration and breakfast rolls in Exhibition Hall


Welcome and introduction

Robbie Allam, BP, Chairman of SPE SMN Steering Committee 2014


Keynote Address

Dan Ryan, Sand Control Manager, BP Global Wells Organisation


Session: Sand management and asset integrity


Session Chair; Colin Jones, Chevron


Optimization of well performance by use of a semi-permanent dynamic desander

Asle Sandven, Statoil ASA


Erosion management: using erosion testing combined with erosion modelling

John Peters, NEL

10:30 to 11:00

Refreshments in the Exhibition Hall


The subsea sand management challenge: “What to do with the sand?”

Hank Rawlins, eProcess Technologies


Sand management on ETAP: a multi-discipline approach

Nick Blyth, BP


Session: Between a rock, fluids and a hard place


Session Chair; Tim Wood, NALCO Champion


Reservoir permeability evolution in sand producing wells

Juan Tovar, Innovative Engineering Systems Limited/Centrica

12:30 to




Application of strain energy approach to prediction of sand debris in reservoir and analogue sandstone

Mustapha Lamorde, Heriot Watt University


Thoughts on laboratory sand retention testing for injection wells

Tracey Ballard, Weatherford


Chemical injection related sand failure - an experimental investigation

Gbenga Oluyemi, Robert Gordon University

15:00 to


Refreshments in the Exhibition Hall


Design of clean-up sequences in wells equipped with stand alone screens

Philippe Marchina, Total


Fully coupled modelling of complex sand controlled completions

Michael Byrne, Senergy


Particle size distribution measurement techniques and their relevance or irrelevance to sand control design

Rajesh A. Chanpura, Schlumberger

17:00 to


Networking Reception in the Exhibition Hall


Programme for Thursday 27 March 2014


Registration and breakfast rolls in Exhibition Hall


Session: Sand monitoring, handling and remediation


Session chair:  Andrew Robertson, NOV


Sand handling experience in subsea applications

Adekunle Opawale, FMC Separation Innovation and Research Centre


Chemical consolidation of sand propped fractures in a chalk reservoir offshore Denmark with enzymatic calcium carbonate scale

Craig Knight, Maersk Oil & Gas


Non-resin based chemical sand consolidation: increasing global application spread

Ceallach Magee, Nalco Champion

10:30 to


Refreshments in the Exhibition Hall


An advancing sand control chemistry to increase maximum sand free rate in failed gravel pack wells

Pratyush Singh, Weatherford International Inc


Why acoustic sand detectors don’t work?

Chris Burke, SMS

12:00 to




Session: Downhole sand control selection


Session Chair: Steve Hicking, Shell


Design and successful field execution of sand control completions in naturally fractured reservoirs

Tahir Tahirov, BP Exploration Operating Co


Best practice for stand-alone screens

Ian Wattie, Yala Peak Limited


The introduction of gravel-packed inflow-control completion in offshore Brazil

Peter Kidd, Baker Hughes

14:45 to


Refreshments in the Exhibition Hall


An innovative approach of revival for damaged wells in high erosive environment using ceramic sand screens

Josephine Wheeler and Svetlana Ivanova, BG Group


Fifteen Years of Expandable Sand Screen Performance and Reliability

Martin Geddes, Weatherford


Final address

Professor Babs Oyeneyin, Robert Gordon University, Chairman of the Sand Management Network




A good attendance, interesting topics and informative presentations led to a successful event.


The weather in Aberdeen was fair, and a special thank you to the AECC & Event sponsors.


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