As I was leaving the ranch today the gate guard informed me that two loads of oil from one of our wells were rejected last night due to there being sand in the oil. There were two more trucks there when we left along with the pumper so not sure where things stood.  Does this spell doom for the well or is it possible to "fix" the problem. Of course I understand we don't know what the problem might be but I'm hoping some of you more knowledgeable about such issues might be able to weigh in on my situation. Thanks for any information!!



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Buyers taking oil from location have some very strict limits as to the "pureness" of the oil that they are buying with respect to associated non oil materails such as water, sand and other materials.

It is the responsibility of the operator to get the oil to the qualty that is needed by the buyer or it will be rejected.

Not the kiss of death - some sand / material production is to be expected. But operator needs to upgrade their fluid handling on location.

May have been sucking oil from bottom of storage tanks and got into the sludge and gunk that tends to settle out regardless of on site efforts.

Thanks for your reply Mark, I was hoping this was not a "death nail". Maybe the pumper has had the experience necessary to resolve the issue.
Thanks again,

Was thinking more on the root source / cause of the sand in the oil. Most probably proppant from frac job - which may not be a good sign since that proppant should be imbedded in fractures and not moving into the wellbore.

Assume this is an EF well. When was it first completed?

Around April 20th I think.
Yes it is an EF well. It has been shut down and brought back up 4 or 5 times in the last 90 days.Some due to compressor station going down.

Hmmm, so it probably hasn't had a lot of production yet. The off and on production history may be causing some pressure drops and "surging" the well - thereby possibly moving frac sand out of fractures and into wellbore.

No only 325 loads @180 bbls per load. Hope they figure it out...
It was down two weeks this last time.

Curious - who is operator.

Is that good, bad, or indifferent? Have you experienced this before?



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