Companies at work on blowout preventers for deeper depths

Early-stage components at GE Oil & Gas in Houston will eventually be part of annular blowout preventers used in deep-water situations to seal pipes in an emergency. (For the Chronicle/Eric Kayne)

Early-stage components at GE Oil & Gas in Houston will eventually be part of annular blowout preventers used in deep-water situations to seal pipes in an emergency. (For the Chronicle/Eric Kayne)

As the oil industry aims to drill in ever-deeper undersea reservoirs, it needs equipment that can face higher pressures than before.

FuelFix reporter Collin Eaton looks at the effort by GE Oil & Gas and others to build new blowout preventers that are up to the task of standing guard against potential disasters on the ocean floor.

“We’re drilling wells that we couldn’t have drilled 20 years ago,” Frederik Smidth, chief technology officer for Maersk Drilling, told him. “But there’s a lot more we haven’t seen yet.”

For details and a look inside the GE Houston manufacturing site, read the story at HoustonChronicle.com.