coiled tubing drilling

1. n. [Drilling]
The use of coiled tubing with downhole mud motors to turn the bit to deepen a wellbore. Coiled tubing drilling operations proceed quickly compared to using a jointed pipe drilling rig because connection time is eliminated during tripping. Coiled tubing drilling is economical in several applications, such as drilling slimmer wells, areas where a small rig footprint is essential, reentering wells and drilling underbalanced.