FacsRite™ – Excellent Sand Control with High Strength; The Alternative to Slotted Liner for Horizontal Wells

Installed in some of the toughest operating conditions in the world, standard FacsRite was first introduced in 2007. It has proven to be an economical and high performaning solution for long horizontal wells needing a strong and reliable sand control system. Standard FacsRite filter disks are made of fusion bonded layers of woven wire mesh laminate resulting in a premium 2-D filter.

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Standard FacsRite was Patented in 2007 and has been  Successful in Wells around the World.

The filter media discs are made of sintered layers of conventional premium wire mesh having square or Dutch weave and pores of consistent size. These discs are flush mounted into base pipe giving an optimal ID/OD for applications where liner OD is critical.

In 2012, Absolute launched its most recent innovation in sand control, Tri-D Weave™, a unique 3-D or depth filtration media. Tri-D FacsRite™ is more commonly used today as it has even better performance when the discs are made with bonded layers of Tri-D Weave media, which has irregular shaped pores that vary in size and shape. This 3-dimensional pore structure is highly effective in controlling heterogeneous sands and maintaining high plugging resistance over time. An ultra high pressure version is available as Tri-D FacsRite HP.

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Both FacsRite and Tri-D FacsRite are:

  • More robust alternatives to slotted liner and offer greater open flow area
  • Ideal for applications where a large screen ID to OD ratio is desirable
  • Handled like casing which allows drill in, float in, and better well clean up especially when treated with the WaxRite Process
  • Contact an Absolute Technical Application Manager for assistance in selecting the best solution for your specific application.

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    The Challenge

    Advances in drilling technology have influenced broad adoption of horizontal drilling as well as well designs that incorporate long laterals. Sizing traditional gap based screens for these environments is made more difficult due to the heterogeneity of the sands encountered across long horizontal sections.

    The load forces involved in deploying screens into deviated and horizontal wells can alter the gap structure and thus damage the sand control capability of traditional screens. Also, the extreme operating conditions in thermal wells can also damage conventional screens.


    The Solution

    FacsRite is a robust screen that resists damage even under severe deployment and operating loads. It delivers high permeability in the critical near wellbore area and a low pressure drop across the screen, thereby enhancing productivity. FacsRite screens can be customized to formation conditions by varying the disc size, disc density, and the metallurgy used in both the discs and the base pipe.

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    FacsRite Applications

    A superior alternative to slotted liner for:

    • Applications where a large Screen ID to OD ratio is desirable
    • Floating in the screen by plugging the disks with paraffin or other impermeable, but soluble material
    • Horizontal, deviated or vertical wells in unconsolidated reservoirs
    • High-pressure, high-temperature and moderate – corrosion environments

    Ideal for special applications such as:

    • High-temperature water injection wells
    • Horizontal and vertical Cyclic Steam Stimulation (CSS) wells
    • Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) wells
    • Vertical or horizontal gravel-pack or frac-packs
    • Coal bed methane production
    • Under-pressured and depleted wells where high open flow area is critical


    Higher Productivity

    • Greater open flow area (0-23% of base pipe) than wire wrap or slotted liner
    • Maximum retained permeability yields minimum pressure drop, thus higher productivity
    • Superior sand control with superior erosion and corrosion resistance will extend well life

    Versatile Completion Geometries

    • Large ID/OD ratios
    • No construction outside of the base pipe
    • Larger operating windows based on wider application stress limits

    No Weld Manufacture

    • Greater strength and lower product cost relative to wire wrap and conventional Premium screens
    • Customizable to match performance and cost based on formation requirements

    FacsRite Discs Are Supplied in Medium or Coarse Weave and Various Sizes

    FacsRite also offers the best ID/OD ratio for flexibility in well design and for applications where the liner OD is a critical factor. Additional advantages over conventional gap based screens include:

    • Greater flexibility and economy in well design and construction
    • Superior mechanical strength under tensile, compression, torsion, and collapse loads
    • Cost and open flow area and cost can be tailored to formation potential
    • High inflow capability and plugging resistance yields longer well life

    Resists Deformation

    The graphs compares FacsRite to slotted liner and illustrates FacsRite’s superior strength and resilience to resist deformation and screen damage under load forces.

    Greater Open Flow Area

    In addition to having significantly greater strength to resist deformation and screen damage under load forces, the legends in the strength graphs above show FacsRite’s open flow area is almost double that of typical slotted liner. Even higher open flow area is feasible with FacsRite, but not with slots.

    FacsRite Options Available

    Standard FacsRite

    FacsRite can be tailored to the formation production capability, open flow area, completion cost, and the harshness of the reservoir conditions by selecting the material for disks and base pipe, disc size and disc distribution density

    • 3/4 inch and 1 inch diameter discs
    • Standard corrosion resistant 316L Stainless Steel
    • Corrosion resistant alloys such as Hastelloy™ or Inconel™ A20 or A625
    • Filter elements can be installed in customer supplied base pipe

    Tri-D FacsRite

    Tri-D FacsRite™ discs are made with sintered layers of  Tri-D Weave technology, Absolute’s revolutionary premium woven metal mesh with three dimensional varied pores that offer even greater retained permeability and plugging resistance than standard FacsRite.

    Tri-D FacsRite HP

    Tri-D FacsRiteHP™  has factory applied disc retention rings that increase the burst rate from 1500 psi to 3000 psi for high pressure applications.


    FacsRite construction makes it easy to seal disks with a removable substance allowing screens to be floated, rotated, or circulated through difficult hole conditions and to target depth in long horizontals.