Momentum Pressure Control, formerly Snubco USA LLC. Same Management Team. Same Ownership. Only a Name Change.

What Is Snubbing?

Snubbing is a method for inserting tools and tubulars into wells under pressure that ensures that wells can be safely serviced without having to use kill weight with fluids. The process of snubbing involves the tripping of pipe into and out of a well with surface pressure.

Common Applications for Snubbing

  • Jointed pipe operations
  • Asphaltene, paraffin, and scale removal
  • Completions, single and dual string
  • High pressure workovers
  • Deploying and retrieving packers, bridge plugs and other down-hole equipment
  • Hydrate washing
  • Installing sand screens
  • Deploying and retrieving acidizing tools
  • Fishing lost tools
  • Milling operations
  • Under-balanced drilling
  • Blow-out control and re-entry work
  • Deploying and retrieving tubing conveyed perforating guns
  • Jointed pipe operations under pressure when a coil tubing unit is beyond it’s design parameters

The Advantages of Snubbing

Eliminates the Need for Kill Fluids

  • No need for toxic kill fluids thereby saving time and money associated with buying, transporting and disposal of kill fluids. No need to use rig time to kill wells or recover the kill fluids to bring the wells back to a producing capability.
  • Greatly reduces the need to handle fluids, thus reduces the chance of spills. Disposal of contaminated kill fluids in environmentally sensitive areas is not a concern.

Saves Time and Money

  • The well can be tested to quickly determine the production capability of a zone being drilled into or worked on during a completion or workover. In some situations the well may be produced during the snubbing workover.
  • Elimination of the time required swabbing or unloading the well with a boost gas in order to bring it back on line after a workover.
  • The ability to rotate the work string while under pressure as opposed to coiled tubing technology.
  • Compact and relatively light, the rig up and down time is typically less than an hour.
  • Small crew size; fast tripping time.
  • Retaining, in most cases, the ability to stand pipe in the derrick of the rig.
  • Two separate BOP accumulator systems available for the well control equipment.
  • The well operator can utilize the rig assist only for the portions of the well program that require snubbing.
  • Lower day rates compared to other snubbing platforms.

Reduces Formation Damage

  • No need to introduce non-native fluids into the producing formation. Reservoirs are not subjected to overbalanced hydrostatic pressure and fluid losses into the formations are not encountered. Reduced production due to swelled clays or other water sensitive damage is eliminated.
  • The same completion and workover tasks can be performed while maintaining a situation beneficial to the formation, usually resulting in increased production

Environmentally Friendly

  • Produces a safer environment on wells with low formation pressure that will not support a column of fluid.
  • Compact and portable equipment that has minimal impact on roads in environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Eliminates the need to take water from rivers, creeks or other surface sources, or to take water from subsurface aquifers in areas where water is not abundant.

Eliminates the Need for Kill Fluids

  • No need for toxic kill fluids thereby saving time and money associated with buying, transporting and disposal of kill fluids. No need to use rig time to kill wells or recover the kill fluids to bring the wells back to a producing capability.
  • Greatly reduces the need to handle fluids, thus reduces the chance of spills. Disposal of contaminated kill fluids in environmentally sensitive areas is not a concern.

Saves Time and Money

  • The well can be tested to quickly determine the production capability of a zone being drilled into or worked on during a completion or workover. In some situations the well may be produced during the snubbing workover.
  • Elimination of the time required swabbing or unloading the well with a boost gas in order to bring it back on line after a workover.
  • The ability to rotate the work string while under pressure as opposed to coiled tubing technology.
  • Compact and relatively light, the rig up and down time is typically less than an hour.
  • Small crew size; fast tripping time.
  • Retaining, in most cases, the ability to stand pipe in the derrick of the rig.
  • Two separate BOP accumulator systems available for the well control equipment.
  • The well operator can utilize the rig assist only for the portions of the well program that require snubbing.
  • Lower day rates compared to other snubbing platforms.

Reduces Formation Damage

  • No need to introduce non-native fluids into the producing formation. Reservoirs are not subjected to overbalanced hydrostatic pressure and fluid losses into the formations are not encountered. Reduced production due to swelled clays or other water sensitive damage is eliminated.
  • The same completion and workover tasks can be performed while maintaining a situation beneficial to the formation, usually resulting in increased production.

Environmentally Friendly

  • Produces a safer environment on wells with low formation pressure that will not support a column of fluid.
  • Compact and portable equipment that has minimal impact on roads in environmentally sensitive areas.
  • Eliminates the need to take water from rivers, creeks or other surface sources, or to take water from subsurface aquifers in areas where water is not abundant.