This document will define procedures to evaluate cables used with electrical submersible pumps (ESP). A standard rating system based on the performance results will be advanced. This system of scoring will permit the selection of a safe and suitable cable for the environmental requirements of a well. It is not the intent of this publication to specify what cable should be used or in any way set up a series of requirements that must be met before a cable may be run in a well.
This procedure will describe the evaluation techniques in detail, establish a standard reporting form for results, and set forth a rating system for each type of cable. The procedures outlined here are for samples of generic cable types. The prescribed evaluations are best done in a controlled environment by an independent laboratory.
Unlike test procedures whose objective is to qualify whether a cable works or not, the objective of this research is to quantify the performance degradation in various conditions.