Current State of the Premium Screen Industry; Buyer Beware. Methodical Testing and Qualification Shows You Don't Always Get What You Paid For
- Peter R. Adams (Kebabangan Petroleum) | Eric R. Davis (ConocoPhillips) | Richard M. Hodge (ConocoPhillips) | Robert E. Burton (ConocoPhillips) | Lewis B. Ledlow (ConocoPhillips) | Alex D. Procyk (ConocoPhillips) | Seth C. Crissman (ConocoPhillips)
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- Society of Petroleum Engineers
- SPE Drilling & Completion
- Publication Date
- September 2009
- Document Type
- Journal Paper
- 362 - 372
- 2009. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- 2.2.2 Perforating, 1.11 Drilling Fluids and Materials, 2.4.6 Frac and Pack, 3.2.3 Hydraulic Fracturing Design, Implementation and Optimisation, 2 Well Completion, 2.4.3 Sand/Solids Control, 5.1 Reservoir Characterisation, 3 Production and Well Operations, 1.8 Formation Damage, 2.2.3 Fluid Loss Control, 4.2.3 Materials and Corrosion, 2.4.5 Gravel pack design & evaluation, 2.4.4 Screen Selection, 4.3.4 Scale, 1.2.2 Geomechanics, 1.6 Drilling Operations
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Within the sand-control-technology sector today, there are many sand-exclusion screen options available for use in completion design. Sand-control screens have steadily improved with the introduction and enhancement of metal sand-retention-media-based sand-exclusion products in the early 1990s. However, recent catastrophic sand-exclusion failures have led some operators and independent laboratories to perform additional testing and quality control checks on sand-exclusion products to ensure full life cycle field value.
This paper describes a process to select sand-exclusion products by uniquely qualifying an individual product design, which includes retention media, metallurgy, subcomponents, manufacturing process, and the final assembled product. The technical evaluation is based on a two-tier qualification process that "uniquely qualifies" products for purchase consideration. Step 1 of the process tests the sand-retention media for plugging potential and solids retention. Step 2 then tests full-joint screens manufactured using media qualified during Step 1 for burst and collapse to ensure the product meets downhole performance specifications.
Recent testing has illustrated a range of significant conclusions that the industry should be aware of:
- Published screen burst and collapse ratings are not always equivalent to actual screen performance.
- Burst and collapse pressures are not equivalent to basepipe rating.
- Welds can vary by plant; therefore, screens may vary by manufacturing location.
- Excessive drainage layer gap leads to premature burst or collapse failure.
- Not adjusting screen design for changes in metallurgy may lead to premature failure.
- Delamination has been observed in some sintered retention media.
- Scaling a product design up or down without conducting a detailed engineering analysis may lead to premature failures.
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