ITT BIW Connector Systems brand has launched a unique seven-contact wellhead outlet to connect safely and reliably to monitoring equipment in oil and gas production wells.
Designed for the harsh underground conditions experienced in conventional and steam flood wells, the new penetrator system is the first of its kind for the upstream production market.
"In recent years, monitoring tools have become more sophisticated, and single conductor instrument cables are increasingly being replaced with multi-conductor cables," said John Dutil, vice president and general manager, ITT BIW Connector Systems. "Our new feedthru will help customers achieve smarter, more efficient well management while protecting valuable equipment like electric submersible pumps."
The smart well feedthru is the first multi-pin wellhead outlet to offer interconnect capabilities for tubing encapsulated cables with up to seven conductors. The feedthru, which offers improved data transmission through the pressure barrier, also includes a unique visual safety indicator that provides a visual warning if high pressure is detected within the outlet housing and prevents disassembly in unsafe conditions.
Featuring National Pipe Thread Taper (NPT) fittings for easy installation on top of the wellhead bonnet or on the side of the bowl, the smart well feedthru utilizes glass-to-metal seals and gold plated contacts to provide reliable pressure blocking and electrical performance. Its higher temperature rating makes it a suitable solution for both steam floods and conventional wells, and a separate surface cable allows for easy cable disassembly during workovers.
The smart well feedthru reinforces ITT’s commitment to serving the needs of customers in upstream oil and gas production with innovative technology designed to solve pressing challenges in ever-harsher conditions. The new feedthru launch supplements the company’s new line of pressure balancing k-PaC(™) Technology connectors and splices. The smart well feedthru is available for order starting in April 2016.