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Bonnetts Wireline is a leading specialist in slickline and braided line for all types of well intervention. We’re proud to have always been leaders in cutting edge technology, expertise and service in downhole wireline services.Our operators and equipment deliver solutions for almost any downhole issues using conventional slickline and innovative downhole tools.

Bonnetts Wireline Truck at worksite

We began in Fort St John in 1972, and since then have continued to provide the same personalized service. We’re dedicated to helping our customers reduce well operating costs and improve well performance.

Our Services


High Pressure Operations

Bonnetts Wireline Rig

By investing significantly in high-pressure equipment and top personnel, Bonnetts Wireline has proudly built a reputation as a leader in the slickline sector. We strive to keep our equipment, personnel and procedures up-to-date, always keeping up with the fast pace of technology.

We understand that equipment alone is not enough to provide great service. Our senior supervisors have decades of experience in the industry, with knowledge that separates our team from our competitors. Their experience involves all types of slickline work - from recorders and plug work to tubing and casing fishing.

Fishing Services

We use a proven set of procedures during fishing operations, documenting operations every step of the way. We gather as much information as possible right from the beginning, ensuring all changes are well-communicated throughout the progression of the job.

Downhole conditions like deviation, high temperature and pressure, H2S, CO2, sand and scale can compound the difficulty of fishing operations. We are experienced in working in these environment types and can provide cost-effective, reliable recommendations to proceed - from personnel and pressure control equipment to line choice and necessary tools.

Wireline tools used for fishing operations are varied depending on the application and can be custom built. Our fishing operation tools and tool string components include:

  • Bailers
  • Blind box
  • Broaches
  • Centralizers
  • Compounder
  • Impression blocks
  • Indexing tool
  • Long stroke hydraulic jar
  • Positive grab retrieving tools
  • Rare earth magnets
  • Gator grab
  • Roller stem
  • Sidewall cutter
  • Spears
  • Tungsten weight bar
  • Wire finders
  • Wire grabs
  • High deviation rollers

Flow Control Equipment Installation and Removal

Bonnetts Wireline Truck at Well

Flow control equipment is designed to manipulate well production and can be integral to the tubing or casing. It can be run, retrieved or manipulated by wireline. We hold an extensive on-the-shelf selection of plugs, chokes and wireline tools required for removal, installation and flow control manipulation, including:

  • Tubing and casing retrievable bridge plugs
  • Sliding sleeve
  • Plunger lift systems
  • Flow tube extension
  • Chokes
  • Mechanical plugs
  • Permanent bridge plugs
  • Safety valve
  • Gas lift valves

High Expansion Gauge Hanger

The Hi-Ex Gauge Hanger has a slim, high-expansion design, allowing it to be deployed on slickline through narrow restrictions or smaller completion tubing and set in larger ID liners/casings. The slim design also minimizes the restriction to flow, enabling better quality data to be recorded during production and injection conditions.


  • Gauge Hanger: pinpoint real-time/memory data during well testing, production monitoring and other applications (particularly in non-monobore wells)
  • Anchoring Device: platform for, or suspension of, swellable packers, fluid samplers, and so on in non-monobore wells
  • Platform for cement-plugs in well abandonments
  • Barrier to prevent unwanted movement of abandoned equipment in flowing wells

Features & Benefits

  • Two chassis sizes (2.200” and 3.600” OD)
  • Gauge hanger can be set in a range of tubing sizes (4 1/2” - 9 5/8”)
  • Slickline deployed
  • Allows one Hi-Ex assembly to be used in various tubing/casing sizes
  • Run using the Bonnetts QC Trigger
  • Recoverable with industry standard pulling tools
  • Simple, robust design
  • Standard lower connection 15/16”-10 UN SR, other options available to suit customer requirements

Electronic Firing Head – QC Trigger

Product Overview

The QCT is a next-generation electronic firing head, specifically designed to fulfil the need for a cost-effective triggering device without compromising on safety or quality. Its memory-based electronic trigger system initiates ballistic firing heads, while its flexible design (based on a field replaceable control cartridge) allows for multiple deployment options including slickline, TCP and coil tubing.

The QCT firing sequence is programmable at surface for the relevant ballistic operations:

  • Casing perforating
  • Tubing punching and cutting
  • Plug / Packer setting – Baker 5, 10, & 20 setting tools
  • Various other downhole operations

Features and Applications

  • Field-replaceable control cartridge, without special tools/training
  • Quick and easy re-dress between runs
  • Can be activated with positive/negative pressure pulse code (e.g. TCP or coil tubing operations) or with pre-programmed accelerometer burst (e.g. slickline operations)
  • Program sequence can be aborted and restarted downhole
  • Accelerometer can be disabled for TCP operations
  • Option available for long duration TCP battery pack
  • Deploy and initiate industry standard ballistic devices
  • API-RP67 Certified
  • Vibration & shock tested to 40G

Horizontal Wireline Operations

Bonnetts Wireline tools in truck

Bonnetts Wireline is experienced in horizontal wellbore sections in both pump down and static environments.

Our pump down operations use varied tool string components, allowing for upward jarring capability during fishing operations. We have also performed pump down memory logging operations in tubing and casing while our innovative high-deviation roller assemblies allow us to work closer to horizontal that at any time in the past.


Slickline perforating is most commonly done on tubing and can be performed either mechanically (by cutting a hole in the tubing wall) or with a shaped charge. Our perforators never leave debris on the back side, avoiding problems leading to tool or casing damage.

Our supervisors are trained and certified in the safe handling of perforator explosives. Our explosive perforators do not burn holes but punch clean, round holes of a specified diameter.

They have many uses, such as:

  • punching holes to circulate and kill a well
  • draining tubing
  • lifting water from low-pressure gas wells
  • circulating out sand or mud
  • opening zones
  • operating plunger lift installations

Kinley Tools & Perforators

Kinley tools are highly regarded within the industry, and we are proud to be the exclusive provider of Kinley products in Canada.

The Kinley Perforator can be used to punch a round, clean hole ( ¼" - ¾" diameter) to circulate and kill the well, drain the tubing, prevent pulling out a wet string, circulate out annular sand bridge, open alternate zones when sliding sleeves can’t be opened, or in plunger lift installations.It can also be used to install check valves (up to ¼" diameter) or orifice inserts to provide a one-way flow for inexpensive gas lift, chemical injection, or to circulate hot oil for paraffin removal.

It is available for most sizes and weights of pipe and coiled tubing (1.315" - 7" OD) and performs at temperatures up to 160°C (320°F) and at pressures as high as 72,000 kPa (10,500 PSI) on both slickline or electric line. It is safe to operate with no danger of damaging the casing, and is even counter-balanced to always fire toward the high side of a deviated well, avoiding penetration of adjacent strings.

Reservoir Pressure and Temperature Monitoring

When you need to know what’s going on downhole, pressure/temperature gauges may be the answer.

We understand important your data is. That’s why we only use the most reliable downhole gauges - designed for any pressure and temperature - and innovative techniques that have been put to the test in some of the most intricate operations and hostile environments.

Time is critical, and we strive to provide data reports within 24 hours. All our trucks are capable of sending data from location with the capacity to generate field reports in electronic or hard copy formats right in the truck.


When you need to unload fluid or initiate flow, Bonnetts Wireline has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to tackle any swabbing job.

We use a variety of mandrels, ranging from 3/4˝ to 3 1/2˝, that can swab from 1½˝ coil tubing to 7½˝ casing. We also have a wide selection of swabbing cups to meet the challenges of any in-line situation.

Redneckz Wireline Equipment

RF electronic dead weights are equipped on every wireline unit. The dual pressure sensors allow real-time monitoring of both tubing and casing during swabbing operations. All data is backed up on the unit and a pressure graph can be printed onsite.

Conductor Slickline Services

Truck and equipment winter jobsite

Our single conductor slickline, or “eslickline”, is an alloy line suited to normal and extreme downhole environments. A variety of electronic tools can be run in real-time in conjunction with eslickline.

When run in conjunction with eslickline, a variety of electronic tools can be run in real-time or in memory mode. Operations include:

  • Caliper logging
  • Downhole camera
  • Downhole pressure/temperature monitoring instatic or flowing wells
  • Real-time noise temperature logging
  • Real-time production logging

Technical Services

Our experienced team is on hand to offer technical assistance, from designing completions to optimizing existing production wells. We offer up solutions that save you time and money on the back side, while our strong relationships with service providers and vendors make it easy to source tools, equipment, design and manufacturing.

Downhole Choke Sizing

Our in-house expertise and proprietary software can help correctly size downhole chokes in the start-up and initial production phase of new wells. We get it right the first time, eliminating the trial and error typically associated with running downhole choke and saving you time and unnecessary expense.

Wellbore Modelling

Our wellbore modelling services can go hand-in-hand with downhole choke sizing, or as a separate service to troubleshoot production issues. We use wellbore configuration and flowing parameters to better understand current downhole flowing conditions. This information is then used to troubleshoot inflow issues, tubular problems or constraints as well as facility take-away impacts.


Slickline Trucks

Bonnetts Wireline Truck at shop

We are continually investing in our fleet of slickline units, allowing us to offer a full range of slickline services using the best equipment for the job. Our units are equipped with LinewiseTM electronic line measuring systems that continuously display and record operating parameters, such as tool depth and line tension. Information from these systems is automatically backed up and stored digitally.

Mobile Cranes

No matter the size of your operation, we have a mobile crane for it. The units in our fleet run up to 40 tons, with lighter cranes available for smaller operations.

Vehicle Monitoring System

For the safety of our crews and equipment, all units are equipped with GeotracTM vehicle monitoring systems.

High Pressure Equipment

We invest heavily in the acquisition of high-pressure equipment, allowing us to perform several multi-well operations at one time in each size and pressure configuration.

  • 88.9 mm 10 & 15 kpsi
  • 139.7 mm 10 & 15 kpsi
  • 177 mm 10 kpsi
  • On board 10 kpsi grease injection/accumulator systems
  • Standalone 10 & 15 kpsi grease injection units c/w accumulator systems

Although the regulated standard for inspection of wireline pressure control equipment by a third party is every four years, we maintain an annual inspection program to ensure our equipment is always in the safest condition possible.

Remote Access Equipment

Bonnetts Wireline Equipment at remote worksite

Bonnetts Wireline has the necessary equipment to perform slickline operations on remote wells. Our .108” and .125” slickline skid units can be delivered to location via helicopter, Nodwell or 6x6 ATVs.

  • Nodwells: Nodwells was created in the 1950s for the specific purpose of getting through Northern Canada’s muskeg. They are the ultimate vehicles for getting through mud. Bonnetts Wireline has two of these machines in our fleet in different sizes.
  • Fly-in Jobs: For the most inaccessible wells, we have tools and equipment designed for fly-in jobs: a variety of skid mounted wireline units, grease pounders, generators, lubricators, and a standalone mast, perfect for helicopter jobs.
  • 6x6 ATVs: Our 6x6 ATV unit comes equipped with everything needed for shallow well jobs
  • Skid units: Getting there is only half the battle. Our variety of skid units have lines ranging from .092˝ to .125˝, so no matter the job, we have the skid unit for it.

Management Team

Ron Potts - Operations Manager

Ron started in the industry in 1981, when he spent his first 16 years managing a contract operating business. He then spent five years as an area production technician for Suncor Energy, followed by another four years as the superintendent at Northrock Resources.

Ron has been with Bonnetts since 2005, initially developing the Optimization department with his years of production experience. At the beginning of 2008, he took over Bonnetts Slickline division, applying his management skills and business understanding from the customer's perspective to help spur Bonnetts continued growth.

CONTACT  780-830-5240 | 780-814-1420

Jeff McKinlay - Base Manager - Grande Prairie

Jeff started in the industry in 1995. In 1999, he joined Bonnetts Energy and has since taken on various roles and responsibilities. Through a grassroots start and years of field experience, Jeff has a wide perspective and insight into its people and equipment. As the support centre for stations in Alberta and British Columbia, Jeff is counted on by all base managers for support. Jeff’s training and experience with high-pressure braided line operations afforded him the opportunity to work on the world’s deepest well, at the time, in the Amazon Jungle.

CONTACT  780-830-5241 | 780-933-2632

Bruce Syme - Base Manager - Fox Creek

Bruce’s career in the oil and gas industry started back in 1985 when he got his first taste of the slickline world. He spent some time in the mining sector before working in a sawmill. He then returned to the industry as a slickline assistant in Fort St. John in 1999.

Bruce started with Bonnetts in 2000 and has moved up the ranks, becoming one of our most experienced supervisors. In his role as the base manager in Fox Creek, he looks after one of the busiest regions in the country.

CONTACT  780-622-7811

Eugene Churchill - Base Manager - Manning

Eugene started his career in the oil and gas industry in 1992. Prior to this, he was a journeyman carpenter working in construction. Eugene started as a shophand in Whitecourt and worked his way up to a supervisor. In 1998, he moved to Manning where he gained experience as a base manager. In 2002, Eugene started working with Bonnetts as Base Manager for Manning, where he continues to look after our customers in the North.

CONTACT  780-836-6660

Evan Feener - Base Manager - Fort St. John

Like a lot of young workers at the turn of the millennium, Evan started his career on the service rigs in 2000. He soon decided to join Bonnetts in 2001 as an assistant in Fort St John. Evan spent three years with a competitor from 2005 – 2008 before rejoining Bonnetts as a supervisor in Fort St. John. In 2013, Evan took over as Base Manager in Fort St. John and continues to look after our North-Eastern BC operations.

CONTACT  778-256-3793

Darcy Johnston - Base Manager – Rocky Mountain House

Darcy grew up on a farm in the Rocky Mountain House area. He started on the service rigs in 1991. After a couple years, he discovered that helping slickline rig in and out was what he wanted to pursue, and he started working as a slickline assistant in 1993. Darcy worked for several slickline companies over the next 16 years. He moved up through the ranks and managed operations in Whitecourt and Drayton Valley. In 2011, he moved to Bonnetts in Rocky Mountain House where he was quickly promoted to Base Manager.

CONTACT  403-844-5409


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