Oilfield Glossary
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pipe light

1. n. [Well Workover and Intervention]
An operating condition during a snubbing operation in which the wellhead pressure and buoyancy forces are greater than the force resulting from the weight of the pipe or tubing string. In the light-pipe condition the string will be ejected from the wellbore if the gripping force of the slips is lost.
Synonyms: light pipe
Antonyms: heavy pipe, pipe heavy