Oilfield Glossary
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shifting tool

1. n. [Well Completions]
A downhole tool, most commonly associated with slickline operations, that is used to open, close or shift the position of downhole flow control or circulation devices, such as sliding sleeves. The shifting tool generally features some means of engaging the components to be shifted and is typically run with upward or downward operating jars to deliver the necessary force or impact.
2. n. [Well Workover and Intervention]
A downhole tool used to adjust the position of sliding sleeves or similar production and completion equipment. Shifting tools are typically run on slickline, although they may be used with coiled tubing in deviated or horizontal wellbores. Shifting tools are generally prepared or dressed for use with a specific model and size of sliding sleeve, requiring careful selection of the appropriate shifting tool.