A new Application Note has been released by ITT Interconnect Solutions, detailing the use of its new permanent downhole gauge connectors designed specifically for use in today’s demanding exploration and production projects. The cost of exploration continues to rise steeply year on year as wells have to be drilled ever deeper, increasing demands on the equipment used in this challenging environment.

Maximising production efficiency is critical for cost effectiveness and with conventional gauge connectors no longer proving robust enough, the company set out to engineer a solution – connectors and gauges that can operate at the maximum limits of metal clad cables, remaining operational at up to 200 0C and up to 10,000 psi pressure. The challenge was to design and manufacture a field-attachable connector with sealing that could be checked on-site before operational deployment in the well.