An emerging sweet spot for the oil and gas industry, Africa is accelerating exploration and production developments in both its onshore and offshore sectors. National oil corporations are partnering with industry heavyweights from around the globe to rebuild infrastructure in the world's second largest continent. Vast oil and gas reserves are harnessed within Africa's respective countries, as well as the surrounding waters of the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Suez Canal and Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast and the Atlantic Sea to the west.
A wireline is an electric cable that is used to lower equipment or devices into a well and can transmit data back to the surface. A number of wireline tools can be lowered into a well in order to gather information; these include gamma ray, nuclear, and magnetic tools, among others. Wireline is usually wrapped around a large spool which can be placed on the back of a truck, or can be a permanent fixture on a rig. A wireline operator is responsible for operation and maintenance of the wireline truck and tools.