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CT Perforating

Streamline perforating while improving safety and reliability

Coiled tubing operation during perforating.
Coiled tubing operation during perforating.

Endure greater tensile and compressive forces when perforating highly deviated and horizontal wells

While known for being flexible, coiled tubing (CT) also delivers a rigidity and strength enabling greater tensile and compressive force endurance, which is a major operational advantage when perforating in highly deviated and horizontal wells or with longer gun strings. Additional gains in depth control are available by integrating a casing collar locator and gamma ray detector.

To ensure target zone coverage, ACTive Perf CT real-time perforating service is available for single-run perforating with accurate depth control, hydrostatic balance control, and avoidance of formation damage, formation fluid invasion, and formation sanding. The service can be deployed with other ACTive services tools to provide operators with additional information.

Perform live well perforating

CT perforating is ideal for live wells. Pressure control techniques are used to run long gun strings and either drop off or retrieve the guns without having to kill the well.

Improve subsea well perforating

In subsea wells, the subsea lubricator defines the length of gun that can be run. With other wells, the surface riser or surface lubricator valve determines the length of gun. CIRP completion insertion and removal under pressure equipment can be used in conjunction with CT to deploy and retrieve guns under pressure.

ACTive OptiFire CT real-time selective perforating and activation system perforating tool illustration.

Pressure control techniques with CT can simplify perforating operations by enabling the use of a long BHA while maintaining dual well control barriers.

Perforating guns firing into the formation.
ACTive Perf service enables single-run perforating with accurate depth control, hydrostatic balance control, and avoidance of formation damage, formation fluid invasion, and formation sanding.

Achieve depleted well perforating

In depleted wells where drawdown is insufficient, nitrogen can be circulated at convenience to lighten the overall fluid column, increasing the drawdown at the zone of interest. The resulting pressure differential is similar to that produced by gas lift systems.

Widen options for gun activation

There are several ways to activate guns run with CT, including

Hydraulic CT enables stimulation fluids to be pumped without the risk of damaging a wireline cable.

The pump-over specialty gun is used during fracture operations in horizontal wells to save a cleanout trip between fracturing and perforating the next interval. It allows circulation through a special sleeve on the outside of the gun to the bottom of the string.

Perforating Systems

CT real-time perforating systems

  • ACTive Perf
    ACTive Perf
    CT real-time perforating service

    Ensure target zone coverage with selective perforating, and achieve accurate depth control in a single run. View link button arrow

  • Illustration of an ACTive OptiFIRE CT real-time selective perforating and activation system downhole during the moment of perforation.
    ACTive Plug & Perf
    CT real-time plug setting and perforating system

    Eliminate the need for ball drop, pressure pulse, and dependence on pumping fluid for gun detonation. View link button arrow

Firing Systems

Engineered systems optimized for the gun and charge combination

  • Illustration of an ACTive OptiFIRE CT real-time selective perforating and activation system downhole during the moment of perforation.
    ACTive OptiFIRE
    CT real-time selective perforating and activation system

    Activate up to 10 times with precise downhole depth and hydrostatic pressure control—all in a single run. View link button arrow

  • Illustration of the eFire-CT coiled tubing–deployed electronic firing head downhole.
    eFire-CT
    Coiled tubing–deployed electronic firing head

    More efficiently and economically perform a wide range of downhole explosive operations. View link button arrow

  • ACTive Perf
    BCF
    Ball-activated firing head

    Use in guns 49.9 mm [1.69 in] or smaller in diameter. View link button arrow

  • eFire Muzic
    CBF
    Circulation ball drop–activated firing head

    Accommodate various CT dimensions and gun sizes while remaining insensitive to water-hammer effects and vertical drops. View link button arrow

Perforating Tools

Additional equipment and accessories

  • Vantage Hero
    Vantage
    Modular CT logging head system

    Save rig-up and operational time with standardized e-line coiled tubing connectivity. View link button arrow

  • WXAR Automatic Gun Release
    WXAR
    Automatic gun release with X-Tools technology

    Automatically drop perforating guns at the instant of detonation. View link button arrow

  • CIRP - Completion Insertion and Removal Under Pressure Equipment - Product Sheet
    CIRP
    Completion insertion and removal under pressure equipment

    Insert and retrieve long perforating gun strings under wellhead pressure when the surface pressure control equipment is shorter than the gun string. View link button arrow

  • Pressure deployment CT system optimized for long BHA operations.
    Pressure Deployment CT System
    Optimized equipment for executing long-BHA operations

    Improve operational efficiency and eliminate runs by deploying long BHA strings rapidly and without the HSE risks associated with conventional bar deployment. View link button arrow