Definition - What does Running Tools mean?
As the name suggest, a Running Tool is a special type of tool which helps in taking the downhole tools down the wellbore for well inspection, workover and intervention purposes. One of the example that we can consider for a running tool is “Wireline running tool” which is installed inside the wellbore to retrieve the gas lift valves.
Running tool also helps in placing the plugs and packers at their correct locations inside the wellbore.
Bracetool explains Running Tools
A running tool is useful in placing the downhole tools at their respective positions deep inside the wellbore. Once this purpose is achieved, the running tools are retrieved back from the wellbore. Whenever any wireline or slickline operations are to be performed, running tools are needed that runs down the wellbore over an unbraided string (called slickline) and takes the necessary tools / equipment down the borehole.
Other purpose of running tools is to set the tools & equipment to the respective locations inside the borehole, this is why sometimes, running tools are also called as “Setting Tools”.