Wireline Tool for Fishing Operation (Video Training)

One of the advantages of wireline tool is to be used as a part of finishing operation. This video provided by Weatherford will guide you to understand about wireline tools and their functions in the fishing operation. We also include the full vdo transcript in order to assist learning of people in our industry as usual.

Wireline Tool for Fishing Operation Transcript


Fishing services are frequently used to retrieve unwanted objects from a wellbore such as tools or equipment; and twisted or broken sections of pipe or tubing. Fishing also includes the recovery of stuck drilling or production strings. Stuck drill pipe or tubing results in costly downtime and occurs all too often both in open hole and cased hole situations. The causes of string sticking are numerous. Sand or heavy mud in the wellbore can build up in the annulus to create sticking. During drilling in tripping, the string can wear a groove into the high side of an open hole. This group called a key seat can lead to sticking and all types of wells. Differential sticking can occur when the hydrostatic pressure of the mud column exceeds the pressure exerted by porous underground formation. As the mud filter cake increases in thickness, the likelihood of differential or wall stuck drill collars also increases. There are other reasons for strings sticking but whatever the cause, the object in all cases is to determine at what point the string of stuck and at what point it is free.

The free-point can be determined with a special electronic free-point tool running on wireline. The free-point tool is securely attached to the wireline; and both are small enough to be run inside the stuck drill pipe or tubing. As the drill applies torque or stretch to the string, this free-point tool measures the difference in pipe stress in the section between the two fixed points. The stress in the section of pipes is sensed by the down hole detector and electronically transmitted via the wireless to the surface panel where it is displayed on a readout meter. The down-hole free-point reading is directly proportional to the amount of torque or stretch being applied to the string from the surface. After making a calculation to estimate the stuck point, experienced wireline operators begin taking readings slightly above the calculated stuck point. As the stuck point is approached, readings will decline until the detector is in the totally stuck section of the string indicating no pipe movement. Through this method of data interpretation, a skilled wireline operator determines the free-point precisely, only by combining all available wellbore information with specialized training and experience. Can expert operator compensate for various down-hole conditions to determine the actual free point.  Whether for its unique three point detector, the Home Co stresstector has several advantages over other free-point detection systems. The stresstector is extremely sensitive to torque and stretch. It can detect even subtle movement including tension, compression, and right or left hand torque.

The ability to read left hand torque is essential in certain fishing situations. Another advantage of this stresstector design is its durability. It can be run in combination with stringshot explosives which reduces the time involved in freeing the stuck string.  A new version of the Home Co stresstector, the stresstector II is being introduced for slim hole, coiled tubing and high temperatures situations. The smallest size stresstector II at 5/8 inch diameter has been developed to handle pressures up to 20,000 psi and over 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Regardless of which detector is used, once the actual free-point is determined, the free pipe can be removed from the wellbore after backing off from the stuck section of pipe below it. A backoff is made by applying left hand torque and holding torque toward the controlled explosive charge  placed across a connection is detonated. The explosion allows the connection to be unscrewed without damaging the threads. The freed pipe is then removed from the wellbore.

It is often necessary to cut a section of pipe or tubing to remove it. Among the cutting tools available to Weatherford wireline operators is the chemical cutter which uses hydrofluoric acid to cut pipes. The chemical cutter servers the cutting without leaving a flare or debris. This eliminates the need to mill or dress the top of the top of the fish making it easier to recover with an overshot fishing tool.

Another cutting device the jet cutter, severs the pipe with a shaped explosive jars. Like the chemical cutter, the jet is matched to the size of tubing being cut. The jet cutter is also used to cut drill pipe casing and corroded or rusted pipe. The jet cutter leave a a flared fish top which must be milled or dressed off with a mill guide before the fish can be caught.

Still another tool used in fishing is the severing tool. The severing tool utilizes a powerful explosive charge run on wireline which violently severs, heavy weight drill pipe, and drill collars when conventional backoff techniques are not possible. The severing tool is recommended only as a last resort in expensive open hole situations such as offshore drilling operations.

In open hole operations situations, special wireline tools are used to perforate multiple shots per foot in a string of stuck pipe. Perforations are sometimes necessary to establish circulation to the annulus or spot lubricating fluid to help free the stuck pipe. Other specialized wireline tools are employed by Weatherford operators to aid in the removal of casing, drill pipe or tubing. Wireline caliper tools are used to measure the inside diameter of downhole pipe.

Occasionally in open hole fishing, junk may be too large and must be broken up into small pieces to be more easily retrieved. In these instances of powerful explosive charge run on drill pipe is placed directly on top of the junk downhole. With the shot in position and go double electronic charge carrier is dropped inside the drill pipe. When it strikes to charge, it safely fires down-hole. The smaller debris is then recovered. This first module in Weatherford series on fishing operations has reviewed the techniques and common tools used in wireline pipe recovery operation.

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