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Hydraulic Workovers

Hydraulic Workovers

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Published by: driller22 on Apr 05, 2010
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Hydraulic Workovers, HWO
A hydraulic workover is an intervention accomplished under wellpressure and without killing the well. Some snubbing operations, mostwireline work and most coiled tubing work is done under pressure,through isolation barriers. The difference with HWO is that theconveyance system allows circulation at higher rates than CT, rotationand heavier pulls than wireline or CT.The ability to move pipe under pressure elimiates well kills, damage,cleanup time and loss of production.Snubbing is a larger well work segment that may include rig draw-works assistance (mechanical) pipe movement and hydraulic units aswell.
 ±Snubbing ±moving pipe against pressure that would push it from the well. ±Stripping ±moving pipe when its weight would pull it into the well if released.
Other HWO Operations
Hot Tapping ±drilling through pipe with isolation andbarriers to provide a circulation port to an area withtrapped pressure.Gate Valve Drilling ±provides an opening through astuck gate valveRelated Operations
 ±Freezing the wellhead ±Sealant injection
Rig Assistance
Rig draw-works assistance
 ±Rig or hydraulic jacks ±Slower than hydraulic ±Used for larger pipe ±typicallycasing when running inagainst a kick or a flow drilledwell.
Draw worksTraveling SlipsFloor SheavesTube being movedBOP and stripper sealBottomplug

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