DUBLIN, Jan. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --Research and Markets
(http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/6fj5z4/sand_control) has announced the addition of the "Sand Control Systems Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2014 - 2020" report to their offering.
Sand control techniques are used to minimize the influx of sand into crude oil and natural gas wells. Sand or particulates broken off from rocks during the drilling process mix with crude oil or natural gas produced from wells. The sand can hinder the production process of crude oil and natural gas by blocking the casing, tubing, flowlines, and separators. In some cases, the casing can collapse due to sudden pressure changes and stress in rock formations. Additionally, downhole and surface equipment could be damaged or destroyed by the sand. In extreme cases, sand can also result into a blowout. The disposal process of sand produced from the well during drilling is tedious as well as expensive.
Sand control techniques include rate exclusion, plastic consolidation, resin coated gravel, gravel packing, stand-alone screens, and frac packs. Other techniques for sand control are selective completion practices and high energy resin placement. Gravel packing is one of the oldest methods used in both offshore and onshore crude oil and natural gas wells. The selection of sand control method depends on numerous parameters such as grain size distribution, well deviation, flow rate, clay content, interval length, and operational costs. It also depends on operating practices, economic considerations, and site-specific conditions.
Presently, gravel packing is the widely used sand control technique for completing wells owing to its high success rate and low cost for implementation. Almost any size of well of any deviation can be easily gravel packed. The cost of the gravel pack technique is directly proportional to the rig costs. Gravel packs stabilize the borehole and filter the formation sand from the crude oil and natural gas flow, thereby producing only fine particles that can easily move through the gravel pack.
The rate exclusion technique regulates the well flow rate to a certain level, which reduces sand production. The objective of this process is to increase or decrease the flow rate until an acceptable level of sand production is achieved. Maximum sand-free flow rate can be achieved using this method. Plastic consolidation technique involves the injection of plastic resins, which serves to trap the sand grains in the formation. These resins eventually harden and form a consolidated mass, binding the sand grains together on contact.
Resin coated gravel technique includes injection of gravel into the crude oil or natural gas wells to completely fill the perforations and casing. Wet resins such as furans or epoxies are also used in the resin coated gravel technique.
Stand-alone screens act as filters and are widely used for controlling sand production. These screens resist plugging and erosion substantially as compared to other methods. The improved designs in stand-alone screens generally intensify the performance of open-hole horizontal wells. The frac pack technique is mostly carried out for cased-hole wells, which involves the use of frac and gravel packing. In the frac pack technique, a screen is run through a well, slurry is pumped in at high pressure, and gravel packing is carried out. The frac pack technique is costlier than the gravel packing technique. High energy resin placement involves the injection of resins in a well under high overbalanced conditions. Using this technique, resin is placed uniformly in the well.
Asia Pacific is projected to be the region with the highest potential for the sand control systems market by 2020. Emerging economies and increasing population are some of the key drivers of the sand control systems market in Asia pacific.
Baker Hughes, Inc., Grit Industries, Inc., Halliburton Company, Ceradyne, Inc., RPC, Inc., Schlumberger Limited, Superior Energy Services, Inc., Variperm (Canada) Limited, Weatherford International Ltd., and Welltec A/S are expected to dominate the market for sand control systems in the near future.
Key Topics Covered:
Chapter 1 Preface
Chapter 2 Executive Summary
Chapter 3 Sand Control Systems Market - Industry Analysis
Chapter 4 Sand Control Systems Market - Technique Segment Analysis
Chapter 5 Sand Control Systems Market: Regional Analysis
Chapter 6 Company Profiles
- Baker Hughes, Inc.
- Ceradyne, Inc.
- Grit Industries, Inc.
- Halliburton Company
- RPC, Inc.
- Schlumberger Limited.
- Superior Energy Services, Inc.
- Variperm (Canada) Limited
- Weatherford International Ltd.
- Welltec A/S
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