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Cost-effectively enhancing the architecture of new wells and optimizing the production of existing wells is critical, especially when well design constraints, drilling hazards, and mature-field challenges limit your conventional options.

Solid expandable liners provide cost-effective solutions as planned or contingency casing strings in both cased-hole and openhole applications. Cased-hole installations permanently and effectively isolate damaged casing or seal off unwanted perforations. Solid expandable liners improve well architecture, mitigate drilling hazards, and overcome mature-field challenges without restricting the production casing size. 


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Weatherford MetalSkin® solid expandable liners can be used at different stages of the well life cycle to enhance the value of your reservoir and improve your return on investment in drilling or workover operations.

Our MetalSkin systems use hydraulic pressure to expand the solid liner against casing or the open hole to isolate selective sections of the well. MetalSkin systems enable you to land optimum size pipe in the production zone, particularly when well design constraints, drilling hazards, and mature-field challenges limit your options. Installation is quick and reliable, requiring less rig time than alternative techniques. 

Weatherford has extensive applications experience gained through tens of thousands of solid expandable liner installations the world over.

We have pioneered many solid expandable completion technologies and have the most far-reaching engineering, manufacturing, distributing, and service infrastructure in the world.

Solid Expandable Systems Huntsville OCTG R&D Lab

Our Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) Technology Center reflects a long-standing tradition of developing and enhancing expandable technology.

We design and test next-generation threaded connections under realistic downhole conditions, work with industry partners to develop more comprehensive testing standards for connections, and qualify connections on behalf of clients. We have developed FODC-OR and WTXC connections that have been tested and qualified to rigorous ISO 13679 and API RP 5-EX guidelines to optimize liner performance before, during, and after expansion, in the toughest environments.


Weatherford MetalSkin solid expandable liners isolate problematic sections of a well while minimizing the loss of hole size. Our expandables cost-effectively land optimum size pipe in the production zone to increase production, improve return on investment, and enhance reservoir value.

*Red indicates openhole applications. Grey indicates cased-hole applications.

Solid Expandable Systems HydraSkin capability chart

MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Isolates Thief Zone to Re-Establish

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MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Isolates Thief Zone to Re-EstablishDocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner Isolates Underwanted Perforations, Restores...

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner Isolates Underwanted Perforations, Restores...DocUrl

First Commercial Installation of MetalSkin® Open-Hole Liner in Saudi Arabia...

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First Commercial Installation of MetalSkin® Open-Hole Liner in Saudi Arabia...DocUrl

Norway: Use of MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System Repairs Casing Leak...

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Norway: Use of MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System Repairs Casing Leak...DocUrl

Saudi Arabia: Homco® Casing Patch Isolates Split 7-in. Casing Within 13 Hours...

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Saudi Arabia: Homco® Casing Patch Isolates Split 7-in. Casing Within 13 Hours...DocUrl

Saudi Arabia: Homco® Casing Patch Isolates Perforated 7-in. Casing...

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Saudi Arabia: Homco® Casing Patch Isolates Perforated 7-in. Casing...DocUrl

MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Successfully Deployed From Semi-Sub

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MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Successfully Deployed From Semi-SubDocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System Seals Off Perforations, Optimizes Hole Size for Maximum Production

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System Seals Off Perforations, Optimizes Hole Size for Maximum ProductionDocUrl

Metalskin™ Open Hole Liner Isolates Depleted Zone, Maintains Maximum Hole Size, Eliminates NPT

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Metalskin™ Open Hole Liner Isolates Depleted Zone, Maintains Maximum Hole Size, Eliminates NPTDocUrl

Homco® Casing Patches Isolate Highly Permable, Underbalanced Reservoir, Enable Installation of Cemented Secondary Liner

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Homco® Casing Patches Isolate Highly Permable, Underbalanced Reservoir, Enable Installation of Cemented Secondary LinerDocUrl

MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Systems for Open-Hole Applications

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MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Systems for Open-Hole ApplicationsDocUrl

MetalSkin Openhole Liner Expansion System

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MetalSkin Openhole Liner Expansion SystemDocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System - Spanish

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System - SpanishDocUrl

MetalSkin® Openhole Liner System

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MetalSkin® Openhole Liner System DocUrl

MetalSkin® Monobore Open-Hole Liner System -Spanish

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MetalSkin® Monobore Open-Hole Liner System -SpanishDocUrl

MetalSkin® Monobore Open-Hole Liner System

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MetalSkin® Monobore Open-Hole Liner SystemDocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner SystemDocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System Repairs Corroded Casing Without Production Interruption, Maintains Casing, Pressure Integrity

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System Repairs Corroded Casing Without Production Interruption, Maintains Casing, Pressure IntegrityDocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner Expansion System

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner Expansion SystemDocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System Repairs Casing Split, Maintains Production, Restores Long-Term Casing Integrity

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System Repairs Casing Split, Maintains Production, Restores Long-Term Casing IntegrityDocUrl

Casing Repair MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System

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Casing Repair MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner SystemDocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System - Portuguese

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System - PortugueseDocUrl

Producer-to-Injector Conversion MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System

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Producer-to-Injector Conversion MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner SystemDocUrl

Homco® Internal Steel Liner Casing Patch

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Homco® Internal Steel Liner Casing PatchDocUrl

Drilling Hazard Mitigration, MetalSkin® Monobore Open-Hole Clad System

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Drilling Hazard Mitigration, MetalSkin® Monobore Open-Hole Clad SystemDocUrl

MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Seals Off Perforated...(Portuguese)

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MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Seals Off Perforated...(Portuguese)DocUrl

MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Isolates Thief Zone... (Portuguese)

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MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Isolates Thief Zone... (Portuguese)DocUrl

Gulf of Mexico: HydraSkin, Cased-hole Liner System Bypasses Weakened Casing, Enables Operator..

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Gulf of Mexico: HydraSkin, Cased-hole Liner System Bypasses Weakened Casing, Enables Operator..DocUrl

MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Open-Hole Liner Passes Challenging Field Trial...

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MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Open-Hole Liner Passes Challenging Field Trial...DocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System, CLEARMAX™ Wellbore Cleaning Services Repair, Isolate Existing Perforations...

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System, CLEARMAX™ Wellbore Cleaning Services Repair, Isolate Existing Perforations...DocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner Restores Production in Offshore Well...

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner Restores Production in Offshore Well...DocUrl

MetalSkin™ Cased-Hole Liner Isolates Perforations, Maximizes Hole Size to Optimize Production in Existing Well

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MetalSkin™ Cased-Hole Liner Isolates Perforations, Maximizes Hole Size to Optimize Production in Existing WellDocUrl

MetalSkin® Monobore Openhole Tieback Shoe Provides Contingency Solution, Ensures Planned Completion

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MetalSkin® Monobore Openhole Tieback Shoe Provides Contingency Solution, Ensures Planned CompletionDocUrl

MetalSkin Openhole Liner System Enables Successful Completion...

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MetalSkin Openhole Liner System Enables Successful Completion...DocUrl

Saudi Arabia: Homco® Casing Patch Isolates Corroded 9 5/8-in. Casing With 24 Hours...

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Saudi Arabia: Homco® Casing Patch Isolates Corroded 9 5/8-in. Casing With 24 Hours...DocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner Patches Leaky Gas Well, Restores...-Russian

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner Patches Leaky Gas Well, Restores...-RussianDocUrl

MetalSkin® Openhole Liner System Improves Zonal Isolation and Maximizes...

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MetalSkin® Openhole Liner System Improves Zonal Isolation and Maximizes...DocUrl

MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner: Libya's 1st Exp. Installation

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MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner: Libya's 1st Exp. InstallationDocUrl

Drilling Hazard Mitigration, MetalSkin® Open-Hole Liner System

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Drilling Hazard Mitigration, MetalSkin® Open-Hole Liner SystemDocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner Restores Production in Offshore Well...

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner Restores Production in Offshore Well...DocUrl

Well Design to Drill the Undrillable, MetalSkin® Solid Expandables

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Well Design to Drill the Undrillable, MetalSkin® Solid ExpandablesDocUrl

MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole System Isolates Damaged Casing, Preserves

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MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole System Isolates Damaged Casing, PreservesDocUrl

Solid Expandables: Well Deepening

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Solid Expandables: Well DeepeningDocUrl

MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Seals Off Perforated Thief Zone...

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MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Seals Off Perforated Thief Zone...DocUrl

Custom-Designed MetalSkin™ Cased-Hole Liner Systems Isolate Existing Perforations While Producing Lower Zones

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Custom-Designed MetalSkin™ Cased-Hole Liner Systems Isolate Existing Perforations While Producing Lower ZonesDocUrl

HOMCO® Casing Patch Isolates Perforated Interval in Near-Horizontal Well With Minimal ID Reduction

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HOMCO® Casing Patch Isolates Perforated Interval in Near-Horizontal Well With Minimal ID ReductionDocUrl

MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Seals Off Perforated ...-Russian

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MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Seals Off Perforated ...-RussianDocUrl

MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Shuts Off Water Zone, Maximizes

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MetalSkin® Solid Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Shuts Off Water Zone, MaximizesDocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System Helps Repair Damaged Casing, Quickly Returns Well to Production

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System Helps Repair Damaged Casing, Quickly Returns Well to ProductionDocUrl

MetalSkin® Open-Hole Liner Installed Through Casing Exit Window Allows Oil...

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MetalSkin® Open-Hole Liner Installed Through Casing Exit Window Allows Oil...DocUrl

Homco® Internal Steel Liner Permanently Seals Off 26-in. Conductor Leaks

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Homco® Internal Steel Liner Permanently Seals Off 26-in. Conductor LeaksDocUrl

MetalSkin® Openhole Liner System

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MetalSkin® Openhole Liner SystemDocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System Repairs Damaged Collar Without Cement Squeeze, Maintains Pressure Integrity, Long-Term Production

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System Repairs Damaged Collar Without Cement Squeeze, Maintains Pressure Integrity, Long-Term ProductionDocUrl

MetalSkin™ Openhole Liner System Isolates Long Interval In 7 Days

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MetalSkin™ Openhole Liner System Isolates Long Interval In 7 DaysDocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System Restores Corroded Casing, Pressure Integrity in Three-Well Package

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner System Restores Corroded Casing, Pressure Integrity in Three-Well PackageDocUrl

HydraSkin™ Open-Hole Liner System Isolates Water-Swellable Shale Zone, Maximizes Hole... -Spanish

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HydraSkin™ Open-Hole Liner System Isolates Water-Swellable Shale Zone, Maximizes Hole... -SpanishDocUrl

HydraSkin™ Open Hole Liner System Isolates Water-Swellable Shale Zone, Maintains Optimal... -Spanish

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HydraSkin™ Open Hole Liner System Isolates Water-Swellable Shale Zone, Maintains Optimal... -SpanishDocUrl

Saudi Arabia: Homco® Casing Patch Isolates Corroded 9 5/8-in. Casing Within 24 Hours...

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Saudi Arabia: Homco® Casing Patch Isolates Corroded 9 5/8-in. Casing Within 24 Hours...DocUrl

MetalSkin® Open-Hole Liner Installed through Whipstock Window Allows Oil...

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MetalSkin® Open-Hole Liner Installed through Whipstock Window Allows Oil...DocUrl

MetalSkin™ Open Hole Liner System Isolates Water-Swellable Shale Zone, Maintains Optimal...

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MetalSkin™ Open Hole Liner System Isolates Water-Swellable Shale Zone, Maintains Optimal...DocUrl

MetalSkin® Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Repairs Corroded Casing in Shallow Offshore Well, Overcomes Deck-Space, Weight Limitations

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MetalSkin® Expandable Cased-Hole Liner Repairs Corroded Casing in Shallow Offshore Well, Overcomes Deck-Space, Weight LimitationsDocUrl

MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner Repairs Long Interval ...

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MetalSkin® Cased-Hole Liner Repairs Long Interval ...DocUrl

MetalSkin® Monobore Openhole Liner System Isolates Severe Losses in HPHT Development Well

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MetalSkin® Monobore Openhole Liner System Isolates Severe Losses in HPHT Development WellDocUrl