Mechanical sand control methods

Mechanical sand control methods

This article describes mechanical sand control methods and covers the following topics:

·Gravel packing techniques i.e. Internal Gravel Packing (IGP) and External Gravel Packing (EGP), and the various gravel packing systems presently available.

·Post-gravel pack operations and remedial treatments with special emphasis on through tubing techniques.

·Other mechanical sand control methods i.e. non-gravel packed screens and external casing packers.

·Special sand control applications including horizontal wells, fracpacking, and the Auger system.

Two main objectives were pursued when preparing this chapter:

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