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Sand Management in Challenging Reservoirs

16 – 19 November 2014

Langkawi, Malaysia| The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa

About this workshop


Sand management has been identified as one of the key issues in field development in over 70% of the world’s oil and gas fields. Sand management is a balance between the risks (safety, environmental, process and cost) of producing sand to the surface vs. the risks of trying to keep it down in the reservoir.  The choices are not always clear or easy to make. This workshop will explore how to decide on the right strategy to manage and handle sand for maintaining well and plant integrity, as well as increasing operations efficiency and field recovery factors in challenging reservoirs and environments. Topics covered include:

  • Key decision factors for sand management
  • Sand management in depleted reservoirs
  • Sand management for injectors
  • Solids control for carbonates
  • Sand monitoring, handling, and disposal
  • Remedial sand control
  • Intelligent wells and sand control completions
  • Sand control for High Pressure/High Temperature (HPHT)
  • Operator field case histories and lessons learned
  • Open hole and cased hole completions

Benefits of Attending

  • Understand key decision factors in sand management for asset integrity.
  • Gain important networking and learning opportunities across the sand management life cycle of design, installation and operation. 
  • Explore operators’ experiences and lessons learned from field applications.
  • Understand sanding prediction data requirements, methods, and limitations. 
  • Learn about sand control equipment specification, selection, design, installation and operation.


The workshop will focus on current technologies being applied to manage and control sand and solids in challenging reservoirs. Downhole, subsea and surface sand management topics are included as well as new technologies and applications. The objective is to clearly establish what the current best practices are and lessons learned from field applications.

Who Should Attend

Successful sand management can only be achieved with a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary team. Attendees should have an interest, or be involved in, the development, implementation and monitoring of the field sand management strategy, namely

  • Reservoir engineers and geomechanics
  • Asset managers
  • Drilling and completions engineers
  • Production engineers/Technologists
  • Subsea engineers
  • Process and facilities engineers
  • Geologists and petrophysicists
  • Academia

Workshop Guidelines


  • Proceedings will not be published; therefore, formal papers and handouts are not expected from speakers.
  • Work in progress, new ideas, and interesting projects are sought.
  • Note-taking by participants is encouraged. However, to ensure free and open discussions, no formal records will be kept.

Workshop Deliverables

  • The committee will prepare a full report containing the highlights of the Workshop discussions. This report will be circulated to all attendees.
  • PowerPoint presentation materials will be posted on specific SPE URL address after the Workshop. Provision of the materials by the discussion leaders will signify their permission for SPE to do so.


In keeping with the Workshop objectives and SPE mission, excessive commercialism in posters or presentations will not be permitted. Company logos must be limited to the title slide and used only to indicate the affiliation of the presenter and others involved in the work.

Attendance Certificate

All attendees will receive an attendance certificate attesting to their participation at the Workshop. This certificate will be provided in exchange for a completed Workshop Questionnaire.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

This Workshop qualifies for SPE Continuing Education Units (CEU) at the rate of 0.1 CEU per hour of the Workshop.

Attendees’ Information

General and detailed accommodation information will be posted on the workshop website by September 2014.


Delegates are advised to book the international / domestic airline tickets early from their country / city to Malaysia. Further detailed transportation information will be available on the Workshop website by September 2014. All travelers to Malaysia must be in possession of passports valid for at least six (6) months with proof of onward passage, either return, or through tickets. Contact your local travel agent for information on visa requirements to Malaysia.

Dress Code

Casual clothing is recommended. The Workshop atmosphere is informal.