The sand control completion is the last step in the well construction. It is the step that turns the well from an expense to a revenue generating asset. While every sand control completion is designed for success, things don't always go to plan during the installation, and the technical and commercial results are sometimes less than perfect. Failures can range from minor issues that can be easily remedied to catastrophic events that put the entire well, and investment, at risk. Regardless of severity, it is critical that all failures are analyzed to determine the root cause, prevent them from being repeated and protect asset value. The success of a sand control installation should not be assumed and can only be confirmed with a thorough review of all available job data.
This paper introduces several case studies of failures that occurred during sand control installations and details the investigative process and techniques used to identify the root causes. Examples include events such as screen/wash-pipe damage, bridging, hole collapse, and packer seal failure. This analysis provides key insights into downhole events and mechanisms that can be used to minimize risk and improve future completions.
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Jain, S., Wassouf, P., and Tibbles R., 2018. Optimizing Sand Control Treatments Using Gauge Data. Presented at the SPE Asia Pacific Oil & Gas Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 23-25 October, SPE-192094-MS. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/192094-MS
Wassouf, P., Jain, S., and Dannish, G., . 2011. Evaluation and Improvement of Gravel Pack Treatments Using Advanced Downhole Pressure Analysis. Presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Denver, Colorado, 30 October- 2 November, SPE-146755-MS. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/146755-MS
Wassouf, P., Jain, S., and Kranenburg, A. van. 2016. Engineering Gravel Packs for Reliability. Presented at the SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition, Dubai, UAE, 26-28 September, SPE-181397-MS. http://dx.doi.org/10.2118/181397-MS
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