Sand monitoring equipment provides the operator with integrity management information on the condition of subsea production systems and guidance on the erosion trends over the field life. However the placement of such equipment, in particular the intrusive erosion probe (IEP), is often carried out at sub-optimal locations. This is sometimes a result of space limitations on the equipment on which it is mounted on. This paper discusses the current practice on the placement of the IEP and potential problems that may arise from a poorly located IEP. A discussion on the possible mitigation measures is provided. Where necessary these are illustrated through the use of good design and analysis practices.

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