International scientific journal

ISSN: 2663-0419 (electronic version)

ISSN: 2218-8754 (print version)

International scientific journal

ISSN: 2663-0419 (electronic version)

ISSN: 2218-8754 (print version)

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Sand management technology for the development of oil fields with unconsolidated reservoirs

Tananykhin D.S., Grigorev M.B.

Federal State Budgetary Educational Institution of Higher Education “St. Petersburg Mining University”:



Development of oil fields with unconsolidated reservoirs is often accompanied by uncontrolled destruction of the bottom hole formation zone of the reservoir, followed by the removal of solid suspended particles into the wellbore. Traditional methods of combating sand occurrence including the installation of screens, using chemical treatment, changing the profile of the well, etc. are not effective enough. Failure to achieve the design indicators is associated with a significant decrease in the productivity due to the destruction of the reservoir. According to the program No. 2020611693 created by the author, the permissible depression is no more than 0.15 MPa in some cases. The main idea of the approach is to provide scientifically-based controlled sand free production, as well as control of various parameters of the fluid, well and reservoir in order to influence the sand production process and maintain the bottom-hole zone of the formation in a geomechanically stable state. It was found that water and gas saturation of the formation have a multidirectional effect on the process of sand production and the dependences of both the quantity and the granulometric composition of the removed particles on the pressure drop and the saturation of the formation were established as a result of the conducted experiments.


Keywords: sand production, laboratory experiments, reservoir saturation, unconsolidated reservoir, granulometric composition



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DOI: 10.33677/ggianasconf20230300039