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Sand Production Management for Unconsolidated Sandstone Reservoirs

Sand Production Management for Unconsolidated Sandstone Reservoirs

Shouwei Zhou, Fujie Sun

ISBN: 978-1-118-96189-6

Mar 2016, Wiley-Blackwell

184 pages

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$120.00

Description

This book investigates sand production problems in the development of unconsolidated sand reservoirs and suggests novel technical solutions and improvements to sand management issues.

This book is divided into six chapters: (1) geologic characteristics of unconsolidated sand heavy oil reservoirs and concept of sand management technology; (2) sand production mechanisms and its effect on reservoir petrophysical quality; (3) sand production quantity prediction and well productivity evaluation methods, especially for fluid-solid coupling prediction model; (4) completion technology for sand management; (5) sand flow in well bore and surface processing; (6) the application of sand management technology in China’s Bohai heavy oil field.

Readership: Petroleum reservoir engineers and production managers worldwide.

Foreword ix

Preface xi

1 Introduction 1

1.1 Geological Characteristics of Unconsolidated Heavy Oil Sandstone Reservoirs 1

1.1.1 Distribution Characteristics of Unconsolidated Heavy Oil Sandstone Reservoirs 1

1.1.2 Sedimentary Characteristics of Unconsolidated Sandstone Reservoirs 2

1.1.3 Diagenetic Features of Unconsolidated Sandstone Reservoirs 2

1.1.4 Characteristics of Reservoir Space of Unconsolidated Sandstone Reservoirs 4

1.1.5 Fluid Properties of Unconsolidated Sandstone Reservoirs 8

1.1.6 Flowing Characteristics of Unconsolidated Sandstone Reservoirs 10

1.2 Development Technologies Management of Unconsolidated Sandstone Reservoirs 12

1.2.1 Development Characteristics of Unconsolidated Sandstone Reservoirs 12

1.2.2 Technical Philosophy of Sand Production Management 13

1.2.3 Key Technologies 14

1.2.4 Limited Sand Production Management 16

1.2.5 Measures of Controlling Sand Production 21

1.2.6 Application of Sand Production Management 27

1.2.7 Development Prospects of Unconsolidated Sandstone Reservoirs 29

2 Sand Production Mechanism and Changes of Rock Properties Affected by Sand Production 31

2.1 Sand Production Mechanism and the Factors Affecting Sand Production 31

2.1.1 Mechanism of Sand Production 31

2.1.2 Factors Affecting Sand Production 33

2.2 Changes of Formation Properties due to Sand Production 36

2.2.1 Experiments Observing Influence of Sand Production on Permeability 36

2.2.2 Influence of Sand Production on Porosity Structure 45

3 Sand Production Rate Prediction and Productivity Index Appraisal 56

3.1 Evolvement of Sand Production Rate Prediction Method 57

3.1.1 Wellsite Engineering Method 57

3.1.2 Stress]Strain Model 58

3.1.3 Wormhole Model 60

3.1.4 Solid–Fluid Coupling Model 62

3.2 Sand Production Rate Prediction by Using Fluid–Solid Coupling Model 64

3.2.1 The Principle of Calculation 64

3.2.2 Erosion Model 68

3.2.3 Denudation Model 75

3.3 Productivity Appraisal Methods of Wells Producing with Sands 79

3.3.1 Model of Skin Factor 79

3.3.2 Improved Permeability Model 80

3.3.3 Equivalent Wellbore Model of Sanding Tunnels 81

3.3.4 Solving Process 82

3.4 Cases of Increasing Production Rate by Allowing Sand Production 83

3.4.1 Required Parameters for Calculation 83

3.4.2 Controlling the Bottom Hole Pressure 84

3.4.3 Results of Calculation 84

4 Well Completion Approaches of Sanding Management 89

4.1 Methods of Excluding Sand Production 89

4.1.1 Conventional Methods of Excluding Sand Production 90

4.1.2 Methods of Excluding Sand Production of Sand Production Management 90

4.2 Design of Sand Exclusion Parameters 92

4.2.1 Designing Aperture Width of Sand Production Exclusion Screens 92

4.2.2 Designing Methods of Sand Exclusion Precision for Premium Screens 96

4.2.3 Approach of Gravel]packing 98

4.3 Physical Simulation of Evaluating Sand Control Results 99

4.3.1 Experimental Devices 100

4.3.2 Experimental Evaluation Index 102

4.3.3 Evaluation Experiments of Sand Exclusion Precision of Premium Screens 103

4.3.4 Evaluation Experiments of Packing Gravel Sizes 105

5 Sand Carrying in Wellbore and Surface Treatment of Produced Sands 108

5.1 Critical Flowing Velocity of Carrying Sand in Wellbore when Producing with Sands 108

5.1.1 Basic Theoretical Model 109

5.1.2 Experimental Research of Sand Carrying in Wellbore 112

5.1.3 Analysis of Experimental Data and Improvement of Formulas 119

5.2 Techniques of Artificial Lift and Production Optimization When Producing with Sands 122

5.2.1 Artificial Lift and Supporting Techniques 122

5.2.2 Production Optimization 131

5.3 Surface Treatment of Produced Crude with Sand Particles 134

5.3.1 Characteristic of Oilfields in Bohai Bay and Requirements of Treatment 134

5.3.2 Principles of Treatment 136

5.3.3 Examples of Surface Treatment of Fluid with Sands 138

6 Sand Production Management in Heavy Oilfields in Bohai Bay 143

6.1 Core Technologies of Sand Production Management 144

6.1.1 Studies of Formation Sanding Patterns 144

6.1.2 Well Completion and Artificial Lift Techniques 144

6.1.3 Surface Treatment Techniques 144

6.1.4 Comprehensive Economical Evaluation 145

6.2 Implementation Workflow of Sand Production Management 145

6.2.1 Reservoir Simulation Appraisal 145

6.2.2 Analysis of Formation Strength 146

6.2.3 Selection of Well Completion 147

6.2.4 Quantitative Evaluation of the Risk of Sand Production 147

6.2.5 Prediction of Initial Condition of Sand Production 147

6.2.6 Prediction of the Volume of Sand Production 148

6.2.7 Estimation of Sand]Carrying Capacity of Wellbore 148

6.2.8 Evaluation of the Erosion Rate of Devices 148

6.2.9 Surface Treatment Techniques when Producing with Limited Sand Production 149

6.2.10 Pilot Application of Sand Production Management 149

6.3 Application of Sand Production Management in Oilfields of Bohai Bay 150

6.3.1 Introduction of Oilfields 150

6.3.2 Model of Sand Production Management 150

6.3.3 Prediction of Volume of Sand Production 152

6.3.4 Design of Aperture Sizes 154

6.3.5 Calculation of Sand Carrying in Wellbore 155

6.3.6 Artificial Lift and Surface Oily Sands Treatment 159

Bibliography 161

Index 164