First Successful Application of Ceramic Sand Screen in Maturing Oil Field, Offshore East Malaysia

Sidek, Sulaiman (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) | Hui Lian, Kellen Goh (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) | Ching, Yap Bee (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) | Trjangganung, Kukuh (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) | Madon, Bahrom (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) | Yusop, Zainuddin (PETRONAS Carigali Sdn. Bhd.) | Gundemoni, Bhargava Ram (3M Technical Ceramics) | Jackson, Richard (3M Technical Ceramics) | Barth, Peter (3M Technical Ceramics)


This paper will present the first successful application of ceramic sand screen in Malaysia. Oil production from the field has a long history beginning with the first production in 1972. A great number of sand control methods have been tested and applied in the field. Production history has showed instances of sand production contributed by factors such as in-situ stress changes, increase in water production and cascading effect from production operation activities. A few wells completed with primary sand control equipment have failed and remedial action by metallic through tubing sand screen experiencing rapid wear, forcing the operator to control sand production by beaning down the wells and closely monitoring sand production at surface overtime. Worse still, some of the wells had to be closed-in. Hence ceramic sand screen was considered as remedial sand control due to its superior durability and resistance compared to metallic sand screen.