Deepwater production installations are increasingly more complex and present many new challenges. These completions are often engineered to incorporate a "cut to release" retrievable packer, enabling simultaneous recovery of the production installation items and the packer. The operational requirements to precisely and successfully cut the packer's release mandrel often limit the use of traditional mandrel cutting techniques. Advancements in electromechanical pipe cutting technology address the need for a precise, successful cut of the packer mandrel. As a result, downtime, risk and overall intervention cost are minimized. This paper discusses the electromechanical technology's ability to perform mandrel cuts in a variety of conditions and environments. The paper includes a case history to illustrate its operating capabilities and how operators are now incorporating this advanced technology into the engineering of future completions.

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