Sands get in the produced fluids as the pass through the formation in to the well.

Sand can cause:

  1. Erosion of the SPS components
  2. Block of SPS
  3. If enough sand is produced a big void may be formed at the bottom of the well which can lead to a collapse and total destruction of the well casing and tubing

Eliminate or mitigate sand related flow assurance problems:

1. Reduce production rate. By reducing the production rate the hydraulic gradient of the flow in the well is also reduced. As as result the sand production will reduced because the flow through the reservoir pores will not be strong enough to pull sand from the reservoir. If the production of the field need to be kept then drilling another production well should be considered

2. Pigging and flushing flowlines if sand is deposited in the flowlines