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3M Ceramic Sand Screen

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3M™ Ceramic Sand Screens

Working beyond the limits of state-of-the-art metallic sand screens.
Designed for unconsolidated reservoirs with the risk of significant sand production.

The new 3M™ Ceramic Sand Screen offers a breakthrough sand control technology especially under demanding conditions where abrasion is a major challenge. State-of-the-art sand screen systems generally consist of metals that are not abrasion resistant. Since the degree of abrasion is determined by material properties, 3M™ Ceramic Sand Screens use ceramic materials, which are one order of magnitude harder than metallic materials and show no indications of abrasion under reservoir conditions.

The screens can be deployed for regular sand-control in new wells or retrofitted to existing wells that suffer from sand problems as a result of reduced reservoir pressure. They can be set in most standard well completions and offer the opportunity to produce reserves that would otherwise have been lost.

Solution

The technology of 3M™ Ceramic Sand Control Screen Systems improves the known wire wrap screen principle by taking advantage of the unique properties of technical ceramics.

  • Flexible stack of ceramic rings

  • Specially designed with v-shape or keystone gaps

  • Gap width, length and diameter tailored to the specific application / well bore

  • Alternatively as self-supported systems or provided with an internal perforated tube

  • Protection of valves and sliding sleeves is also an option

Cross section of ceramic sand screen

One of the few issues with ceramics is its limited toughness. However, with more than 85 years of experience in ceramic materials, this drawback has been overcome. The company’s design and engineering competence facilitates the tailoring of ceramic systems for challenging applications.

The 3M™ Sand Screen design is well suited to ceramics and gives flexibility to the stack of ceramic rings while providing stability against torsion and flexure. As a consequence, the 3M™ Ceramic Stand-alone Sand Screen savely passes dog legs and can even be retrieved without harming the ceramic rings.

Minimizing pressure losses is a major issue during oil and gas production. To meet this important goal, extensive modeling on ring and gap design as well as a set of flow tests has been performed. The comparison of theory and practice is fully congruent:

The pressure loss over the 3M™ Ceramic Stand-alone Sand Screen stays very low for a broad range of flow rates up to 2,500 stb/d.

Benefit

  • No abrasion ( 20 times higher hardness than metal )

  • Higher collapse resistance ( twice the stiffness than metal )

  • For horizontal, slanted and vertical wells

  • Retrofitting with the system on existing commercial landing nipples

Product ist manufactured and sold by ESK Ceramics GmbH & Co. KG, a 3M company.

Warranty and Limitation of Liability: Many factors beyond our control and uniquely within user’s knowledge and control can affect the use and performance of the product in a particular application. User is solely responsible for evaluating the product and determining whether it is fit for a particular purpose and suitable for user’s method of application. User is solely responsible for evaluating third party intellectual property rights and for ensuring that user’s use of the product does not violate any third party intellectual property rights. Unless a different warranty is specifically stated in the applicable product literature or packaging insert, we warrant that each product meets the applicable product specification at the time we ship the product.

WE MAKE NO OTHER WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF NON-INFRINGEMENT OR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OR CONDITION ARISING OUT OF A COURSE OF DEALING, CUSTOM OR USAGE OF TRADE.

The quality of our products is warranted under our General Terms and Conditions of Sale as now are or hereafter may be in force.

Limitation of Liability: Except where prohibited by law, we will not be liable for any loss or damages arising from the product, whether direct, indirect, special, incidental or consequential, regardless of the legal theory asserted, including warranty, contract, negligence or strict liability. We accept liability for intent and gross negligence. We are also liable for any culpable breach of major contractual obligations; however, if a breach of major contractual obligations is due to negligence, our liability is limited to the foreseeable damage associated with this type of contract. This does not affect our liability for culpable fatal or bodily injury or damage to health; this also applies to liability under the Product Liability Act („Produkthaftungsgesetz“). Other claims for compensation are excluded.

Technical Information: Technical information, recommendations, and other statements contained in this document or provided by us are based on tests or experience that we believe are reliable, but the accuracy or completeness of such information is not guaranteed. Such information is intended for persons with knowledge and technical skills sufficient to assess and apply their own informed judgment to the information. No license under any of our or third party intellectual property rights is granted or implied with this information.

3M

ESK Ceramics GmbH & Co. KG, a 3M company

Max-Schaidhauf-Straße 25

87437 Kempten, Germany

T +49 (0)831 5618-0

F +49 (0)831 5618-345

info.esk@mmm.com

www.esk.com

The management system has been certified according to DIN EN ISO 9001, DIN EN ISO 50001, DIN EN ISO 14001.

Please recycle. Printed in Germany.

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Issued: 02/14

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