Stick Pipe vs. Coiled Tubing: Summary

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Recapping our series on the benefits of stick pipe, these four key areas illustrate stick pipe becoming the most reliable and cost-effective completions option for extended-reach laterals.

As laterals become longer and the number of frac stages per well continues to increase, more operators in unconventional plays are looking to stick pipe drill outs as a more efficient alternative to coiled tubing or dissolvable plugs. Stick pipe’s ability to reach every plug to the toe—coupled with its rotary capabilities for improved wellbore cleaning, the rigidity of jointed tubing and minimal wall contact—make it the preferred choice in ultralong laterals. Further operational efficiencies offered by a novel service optimization model are improving stick pipe’s running speeds. Taken together, these advantages make stick pipe the most reliable and cost-effective completions option for extended-reach laterals.

Read the complete white paper published by World Oil magazine, co-authored by Axis President Dirk Lee and Jody Kindred, President of Axis Pressure Control Services.

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