Years ago back in college, homework done, had a few hours to kill poking around in the engineering library. Found a book on electrical wiring codes (don't remember which book, it even might have been from Europe) and thumbed thru it. One wiring method described was "Mineral Insulated Cable". If I recall correctly it consisted of a metal pipe and two (or more) conductors. Insulation was some sort of high temperature material, which didn't like moisture. You needed special connectors (compression?) and white and black insulating tubing to slip over the wires so you could wire things up in a box (wires were bare away from the mineral insulation in the pipe). Also sealent to keep moisture out. Maybe similar to what is done with heating coils on electric cooktops?

Is this something that is obsolete, or is likely found in nuclear power plants or other exotic environments? Maybe a steel mill?