3M™ Ceramic Sand Screens resist erosion where metallic screens fail
The petroleum industry spends millions of dollars each year to manage produced sand and work over blocked wells to restore lost production. While conventional metallic screens are effective in many sand control applications, they are also prone to early failure due to erosion. Now, a breakthrough ceramic-based technology from 3M offers a more durable sand control solution for unconsolidated formations and where proppant flowback poses a risk. 3M™ Ceramic Sand Screens are highly resistant to erosion and hot spotting that may plague even premium metallic screens under high-pressure, high-temperature conditions.
3M ceramic sand screens offer a major improvement over standard wire wrap screens by taking advantage of the unique properties of technical ceramics to extend equipment life in harsh environments. Twice as stiff and over 10 times as hard as metallic screens, 3M ceramic sand screens offer exceptional wear resistance even when exposed to hard metal grit or sand under high velocity flows. With excellent corrosion resistance and temperature stability, they are suitable for use even under extreme conditions with sour or hostile well fluids and temperatures up to 200ºC.
From formations prone to sand production to subsea environments where workover is logistically difficult, 3M ceramic sand screen systems provide an easily integrated and reliable solution that helps mitigate deployment and operational risks. They have been successfully deployed in new and retrofitted wells, helping oil and gas exploration and production companies minimize downtime – and maximize production capacity over the entire well lifecycle.
Perfluoroelastomers (PFE) are gaining a wider acceptance and necessity in the transportation, CPI, and oil and gas markets because of the increasingly demanding application environments. The high cost of these materials may be a barrier for many applications. However, PFE is now positioned within many markets in which FKM was 35 years ago. While expensive compared to other materials, it is often chosen because other materials were unsuccessful. Costs associated with the PFE use in desired applications are in line with the expected benefits gained from the efficacy of the final material solution.