Well Key Friction Grip hero
Well Key Friction Grip hero

Well Key® Friction Grip

For shifting sleeves without profiles


The Well Key brings a high degree of flexibility and reliability to the well completion design as it can shift multiple sliding sleeves in a single run.

Running into the hole in a slick configuration, it is opened at depth and automatically engages with the hardware for which it was set-up for. Once engaged, the Well Stroker® provides the force to shift the hardware in the required direction.

Well Key 360 00000

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In late 2017, an operator in Canada needed to reopen high-volume, full-bore frac sleeves after a 48-hour post-frac shut in. These wells are fractured with coiled...

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The Well Key Friction Grip increases operational efficiency in completions and interventions as it has been designed to allow the shifting and manipulation of multiple sleeves within a single run.

As the key operates by creating a high friction lock which can universally adapt to multiple profiles and does not require a specific single key profile, it can therefore be used to shift several different sleeves in one run. Its active hydraulic control and high expansion ratio ensure full integrity of downhole jewellery whilst the ability to have complete control from surface also reduces operational risk by ensuring the tool is only activated once on target depth.

Well Key Hori


  • Shifting sleeves without profiles


  • Allows transfer of high, controllable force
  • Passive fail-safe system
  • Rugged design allows for multiple repeated actuations
  • Bi-directional in same run
  • High expansion ratio
  • Ability to control position via surface read-out
  • Wide range of sizes
  • Through wiring option


  • Force applied directly to target
  • Fewer runs
  • No jarring required
  • Large range of ID’s accessible
  • Accurate depth control
  • Reduced risk of damage to well hardware

Specification range*

Tool OD 3 1/8” 3 2/5”
Length 11 ft 12 ft
Completion ID 3.2” 6.67”
Weight in air 160 lbs
Max. well pressure 25,000 psi
Max. well temperature 302°F
Tensile strength 42,000 lbs
Compressive strength 50,000 lbs
* Dependent upon configuration