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Slicklines

Wire for slicklines in a wide range of stainless steels and high-alloy materials, suitable for both sour and sweet wells.

Sandvik's wide range of materials for single-strand slicklines makes it possible to select the most appropriate grade for a specific environment. This contributes to safer operations and longer service life.

Cut costs with stainless steel slicklines

Although a higher initial cost, stainless steel slicklines can provide significant savings compared to carbon steel slicklines which are more susceptible to failure and lost production time.

Even in wells of moderate corrosive conditions, a stainless steel or high-alloy slickline will provide a significantly longer life, meaning:

  • Less downtime in the well
  • Fewer slicklines to be purchased
  • Fewer slicklines to be re-spooled

Slickline materials

Sandvik's program of wire for slicklines includes stainless steels and high-alloy materials, suitable for both sour and sweet wells. Other grades can be offered on request.

Sandvik grade Description
Sanicro 36Mo
(UNS N08936)
For service in extremely sour oil and gas wells. Excellent resistance to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in H2S, chloride and CO2 environments and very good resistance to pitting and general corrosion in chloride and acidizing environments. Breaking loads are exceptionally high. Also suitable as armor wire for multi-strand logging cables.
Sanicro 26Mo
(UNS N08926)
For service in sour oil and gas wells. Very good resistance to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in H2S, chloride and CO2 environments. Very good resistance to pitting and general corrosion. Breaking loads are high. Also suitable as armor wire for multi-strand logging cables.
Sanicro 28
(UNS N08028)
For service in high-temperature sour oils and gas wells. Very good resistance to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in H2S, chloride and CO2 environments. Very good resistance to pitting and general corrosion.
Sandvik SAF 2507
(UNS 32750)
For service in highly corrosive oil and gas wells. Excellent resistance to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in chloride and CO2 environments. Excellent resistance to pitting and general corrosion in chloride and acidizing environments. Breaking loads are very high.
Sandvik SAF 2205
(UNS S31803)
For service in corrosive oil and gas wells. High resistance to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in chloride and CO2 environments. High resistance to pitting and general corrosion.
Sandvik 5R60
(UNS S31600, ASTM 316)
For service in less severe corrosive oil and gas wells. Good resistance to general corrosion.
Sandvik CS-9A A high-strength carbon steel suitable for use in sweet oil and gas wells.

Slickline sizes and breaking loads

The table shows Sandvik's program of slickline standard sizes. Slickline wire is supplied on metallic spools and in specified continuous lengths.

Sandvik grade (UNS) Diameter, in. Minimum breaking load, lbf
Sanicro 36Mo
UNS N08936
0.082
0.092
0.108
0.125
1417
1783
2457
3292
Sanicro 26Mo
UNS N08926
0.082
0.092
0.108
0.125
0.150
0.160
1214
1530
2105
2820
4061
4621
Sanicro 28
UNS N08028
0.082
0.092
0.108
0.125
0.150
0.160
1149
1446
1992
2669
3843
4373

Sandvik SAF 2507
UNS S32750

0.092
0.108
0.125
0.140
0.150
1735
2391
3203
4018
4357 
Sandvik SAF 2205
(UNS S31803)
0.082
0.092
0.108
0.125
0.140
0.150
0.160
1302
1639
2258
3025
3795
4356
4665
Sandvik 5R60
(ASTM 316,
UNS S31600)
0.082
0.092
0.108
0.125
0.150
0.160
1149
1446
1992
2491
3587
4082
CS-9A 0.082
0.092
0.108
0.125
0.140
1475
1856
2558
3427
4129

Slickline lengths

Sandvik's slickline wire is supplied in lengths according to the table.

Wire size, (in.) Maximum length,
ft (approx.)
Maximum length,
m (approx.)
0.082
0.092
0.108
0.125
0.140
0.150
0.160
70000
55000
40000
35000
30000
30000
25000
27000
17000
12000
11000
9000
9000
7600

User's guide for slicklines

Correct handling will prolong the life of the slickline and reduce the overall cost.

Recommendations for slickline usage:

  • Avoid abrasion between the line and the ground or other equipment
  • Ensure that sheave grooves are of the correct diameter
  • Check sheaves for wear
  • Check that sheaves are able to rotate freely
  • Check the rubber seal in the stuffing box for wear
  • Check the seal or gland in stuffing box for wear
  • Use caution during jarring operations
  • Inspect lines for diameter reduction after heavy jarring
  • Brake carefully when lowering tools into the well
  • When re-spooling, always spool from top to top
  • Avoid kinking the line
  • Avoid damage to shipping spools
  • Store wireline spools vertically
  • Clean lines after use

Recommended safe load

We recommend a safe load of 75% of the effective breaking load.

  • Breaking load = certified tensile strength x diameter2 x 0.7854
  • Effective breaking load = breaking load minus tool weight minus line weight

Wraptor ductility testing unit

With Sandvik's Wraptor ductility testing unit it is possible to more accurately predict the retirement point of a slickline. This leads to considerable cost savings through the reduced risk of unplanned production stops and the loss of valuable production equipment. Read more about Wraptor ductility testing unit

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