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GE is testing this prototype 20,000 psi ram blowout preventer at its Houston Technology Center. The 20ksi program also includes new wellheads, connectors, control systems, and riser systems. (GE Oil & Gas)

GE to design, build new generation of blowout preventers

Danish rig contractor Maersk Drilling is turning to GE engineers in Houston to build a new generation of deep-water blowout preventers designed to handle the highest reservoir pressures the industry has ever tackled.  More »
A Petrohawk Energy Co. drilling site at the Eagle Ford Shale in McMullen County. (Jake Lacey)

Biggest deals in the Eagle Ford Shale

Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas has completed the $3.1 billion sale of its Eagle Ford Shale assets to a subsidiary of Encana Corp. Check out the eight other deals that have carried the biggest price tags in South Texas history.  More »
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US challenges oil export ban with approvals for two Texas companies

The Obama administration has cleared the way for two energy companies to sell an ultra-light variety of crude overseas after minimally processing it, a decision that tests the limits of a long-standing ban on exporting U.S. crude.  More »
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The Maersk Developer's derrick supports two sets of drawworks, allowing some operations to be performed simultaneously. A patent dispute has sidelined the ability to use the dual drawworks for simultaneous drilling operations in U.S. waters. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / Houston Chronicle)

Video: Onboard the Maersk Developer

Take a look at operations on the Maersk Developer as it drills an exploratory well for Statoil in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
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Report: Independent producers leading growth in US oil and gas reserves

U.S. oil and gas reserves increased 9 percent last year, according to a newly released analysis that’s a testament to the industry’s current boom period.  More »
The United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Natural gas boom yielding big benefits, Congress told

The rapid growth in domestic natural gas production is sending benefits rippling across the U.S. economy, business leaders and an energy expert told Congress on Tuesday.  More »
Congressman Gene Green (foreground). ( John Jiles / Chronicle )

House passes Green’s bill to boost border-crossing energy projects

Before the House voted 238-173 to pass legislation streamlining permits for border crossing energy projects on Tuesday, Rep. Gene Green played a pivotal role lining up support for the measure.  More »
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SunPower offers batteries to hold homes’ solar power until night

SunPower Corp., the second-largest U.S. solar manufacturer, is offering energy-storage systems to California homeowners that will power houses at night with electricity generated from sunlight during the day.  More »
SolarCity employees install photovoltaic panels on the roof of a house in San Leandro, Calif. on Dec. 9, 2013. (Thor Swift/The New York Times via Redux)

Rooftop solar leases scaring buyers when homeowners sell

For people who own rooftop power systems, solar adds value to the home. Leased systems are another story.  More »
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Texas power companies warn of scam

Power companies warn that as weather heats up, so do scams that seek money or financial information on the threat of disconnecting electricity that powers precious air conditioning.  More »
(AP Photo/Xinhua, Liang Xiaopeng, File)

Two universities sign major deal for solar power

Two universities have agreed to a major energy deal to buy more than half their power from three new solar power farms that will be built in North Carolina, the schools announced Monday night.  More »
The Stygiomedusa gigantea jellyfish is one of the largest in the world, with tentacles that reach 20 feet long. Scientists didn't know it existed in the Gulf of Mexico until they were caught on camera by an ROV (remotely operated vehicle). (Photo: LSU)

Deep-water drillers discover creatures as well as crude (video)

Massive oil fields aren’t the only discoveries emerging from the drilling resurgence in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »
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