Well Intervention


Time is a predator stalking the life of your well—weakening productivity due to diminishing formation pressure and the wearing down of equipment from heat and corrosive downhole fluids. You can’t stop production from declining over time, but it can be mitigated to prolong production. However, every intervention interrupts production and thus revenues. Consequently, interventions should be not just effective but performed as efficiently as possible when the well is offline and in the shortest time possible.

That’s where the people of Schlumberger come in.

Our talented teams of inquisitive people combine global experience with an extensive range of innovative technologies and methodologies. Their goal is to not only reinvigorate production and provide access to stranded or additional hydrocarbon reserves but to also minimize the need for future interventions, reducing interruptions in production.

We perform operations split into two categories—light and heavy. Flow is everything, so light interventions happen in live wells while pressure is contained at the surface and involve slickline, wireline, or coiled tubing to minimize potential well blockages and change or adjust downhole equipment. Data for downhole pressure, temperature, and flow are also gathered. Heavy interventions, on the other hand, may halt production at the formation and require removing pressure barriers—either for major equipment replacement or recompletions.

Regardless of the work performed, sustaining production from each well as long as possible is crucial to sustaining inventories of oil and gas that fuel industry, commerce, and modern life.