The Hybrid Tool is the solution for a safe and effective frac plug drill out procedure. Merging three components into one, the Hybrid Tool is the most advanced apparatus on the market. Two Hybrid Tools are deployed in sequence, and in a way that simplifies the typical drill out and tube up process. Significantly expediting operations, the tools are retrievable through our distinct ball-drop system. In addition to high speed, we achieve and maintain a higher safety standard, stemming from four competent pressure barriers.

Our drill out procedure (with the use of our tool) accomplishes two things in one downhole pass: drilling out frac plugs and installing production tubing. We use a conventional workover rig, pump, and swivel to rotate the stick pipe downhole. This can be done independently, or with our cost-effective Hybrid Drop-Off Motor. Replacing the slow-paced and hazardous nature of a snubbing-assisted workover rig (which has previously been used to remove the entire drill pipe in order to install production tubing), we are able to proceed with the drill out process more quickly.

The Hybrid technique incorporates a mixed string design of standard drill pipe and production tubing, which is never completely drawn out from the wellbore. Additionally, this maintains a pipe-heavy condition throughout the entire operation, which eliminates the cause for pipe ejection and injury. With efficiency at the forefront of our operations, we can exert less effort to perform safer work in a shorter time.

From TD (total depth) to surface, our BHA consists of: full gauge sealed bearing bit, pump off bit sub (or our low-cost expendable pump off mud motor), XN profile, 1 joint of production tubing, X profile nipple with a tested Hybrid Tool in place, 6 joints of production tubing, X profile nipple, approximately 4,000′ joints of production tubing with an X nipple placed in the string at the desired depth (for production purposes), H-R profile (the crossover nipple) with a tested Hybrid Tool in place, and the drill string to surface with an R nipple placed in the string at the desired depth.

The Proof

Our qualified operators have delivered perfect results when it comes to torque on the work string.
We've never had tubing get stuck.

“The Hybrid Tool has revolutionized the way we approach our drill outs. It has reduced our operational risks and saves us a tremendous amount of time and money. The process has proven to be repeatable and has become our standard for drill out operations.”
Kyle Bradford – Eclipse Resources Completions Manager

Simply put, implementing our Hybrid Tools and procedure saves our clients time and money, and improves safety on the job. Here’s how:

Prerequisite: First, a kill plug is placed in the well upon completion of the frac to ensure the pipe can be lowered into the well with no pressure in static conditions.

  1. Utilizing a swivel to rotate the drill string, the frac isolation plugs are drilled out in a controlled manner. Plugs are drilled with the differential torque the swivel is putting down to the bit.
  2. All plugs are drilled out to TD. The bit is pumped off past the last perforated interval.
  3. Following, we pull the drill pipe out of the well to remove the top Hybrid Tool and connect additional production tubing. The production tubing used during the drill out remains in the well to ensure a pipe-heavy condition, eliminating the need for snubbing or slickline in or out of the well.
  4. Then, the remaining production tubing is placed in the well and the tubing is landed. All surface equipment is rigged down and the production wellhead is placed on the well.
  5. Finally, as part of our proprietary retrieval method, we drop a ball to release the Hybrid Tool. Utilizing well pressure, the tool is lifted to the surface and is retrieved using a lubricator on the wellhead.

Drill Out Timeline


  • Set up the workover rig using associated equipment.
  • Test all surface lines and equipment.
  • Monitor well for pressure.
  • Trip into the hole with production tubing.
  • From the production tubing, attach the Hybrid Crossover Tool to the drill string.
  • Trip into the hole to kill plug.
  • Commence drill out operations.

DAYS 2-3

  • Drill out the frac plugs until reaching TD.
  • Pull 5′ off TD, drop the ball, and pump off the drill bit. (It will remain in the rat hole permanently.)
  • Trip out of the hole to the crossover sub (i.e., the junction between the production tubing and drill string where the top Hybrid Tool is located).
  • Install the bleed off tool and bleed off.
  • Remove the top Hybrid Tool manually.
  • Run in the hole with the remaining desired production tubing until tubing depth is set.
  • Land tubing hanger with a dual check back pressure valve.
  • Install a production tree.
  • Drop a ball downhole to release the bottom Hybrid Tool. (It will flow up the production tubing to the wellhead lubricator.)
  • The well is now on line.

Procedure Highlights

  • retrievable without tripping or slickline
  • reduced failure rate
  • tool received at surface
  • well pressure lifts tool to surface after unlocked
  • full ID of tubing after retrieval of tool


The Hybrid Tool improves the safety of operations throughout every phase.

  • It eliminates the hazards and risks associated with snubbing or coil tubing because the pipe is not snubbed in and out of the wellbore, resulting in employees working at a lower floor height.
  • It has a more reliable float performance.
  • It significantly reduces the handling of, and risks associated with, tubulars.
  • When used on a multi-well pad, it eliminates the dangers associated with working over a live well because the wellhead pressure is less than 3,000 PSI.
  • It reduces EHS (Environmental Health & Safety) oversight.
  • It promotes clearer and more concise communication due to a reduced number of workers and their overall time spent on a well.
  • It decreases the risk of machinery-related accidents because less equipment is used for each job.

Let’s get to it.

Save time, save money, and increase safety with the Hybrid Tool and drill out process.

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