Sand management/control

Chemical Sand Consolidation and Agglomeration Control Sand Production

This paper presents lessons learned and best practices from several chemical sand-consolidation and sand-agglomeration treatments performed in mature fields in Malaysia.

Sand samples recovered at various depths of Well X
Fig. 1—Sand samples recovered at various depths of Well X during subsequent sand-cleanout operations after SCON treatment.

Chemical sand consolidation (SCON) and sand agglomeration have been identified as effective chemical treatments to control sand production downhole. Both treatments involve injection of chemicals into the near-wellbore area of the reservoir with the aim of improving the strength of the formation and thus reducing the tendency for sand production. The complete paper presents lessons learned and best practices from several chemical SCON and sand-agglomeration treatments performed in mature fields in Malaysia.

SCON and Sand Agglomeration History and Performance

Petronas has deployed approximately 20 SCON and three sand-agglomeration treatments over nine different offshore fields since 2009. Of 20 planned SCON jobs, four were suspended for a variety of reasons such as budget constraints or operational complexity. Of the 16 SCON jobs executed, a success rate of approximately 75% was achieved.

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