Slickline operations have been in use since the early days of the oil and gas industry. The development of equipment and technology for slickline operations has kept pace with the development of new methods and tools used in well completion, remedial and work-over operations. Slickline is used for depth determination, deviated hole surveys, temperature and pressure surveys, paraffin cutting, and cementing operations. Slickline may also be used to set, retrieve, and manipulate chokes, circulating plugs, gage cutters, swaging tools, safety valves and gas-lift valves.
Various tools frequently used in slickline operations are described in this article.