nitrogen cushion

1. n. [Perforating, Well Completions]
A column of high-pressure nitrogen typically applied to a tubing string in preparation for drillstem testing or perforating operations in which the reservoir formation is to be opened to the tubing string. The nitrogen cushion allows a precise pressure differential to be applied before opening flow from the reservoir. Once flow begins, the nitrogen cushion pressure can be easily and safely bled down to flow formation fluids under a high degree of control.