In this Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014 photo, workers lay cables on a new oil rig under construction for China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) in a shipyard in Qingdao in east China's Shandong province. The Chinese exploration rig at the center of a tense maritime standoff with Vietnam earlier this year has made its first deep sea gas discovery in the politically volatile South China Sea, state media announced Tuesday, Sept. 16. The discovery by CNOOC was made about a month after its rig withdrew in July from Vietnam's exclusive economic zone to far less-contested waters closer to China. (AP Photo) CHINA OUT

China rig finds gas after Vietnam sea standoff

The discovery by China National Offshore Oil Corp. was made about a month after its rig withdrew in July from Vietnam’s exclusive economic zone to far less-contested waters closer to China.
Global Managing Director of Accenture's new energy business Melissa Stark poses for a portrait on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, in Houston. ( J. Patric Schneider / For the Chronicle )

Q&A: Accenture’s shale expert Melissa Stark on unconventional plays worldwide

Melissa Stark, managing director of Accenture’s New Energy Business, is the consulting firm’s expert on shale development. The firm recently published an update on the outlook for unconventional plays in nine countries. Stark, who’s worked in the United Kingdom for 20 years, spoke with the Chronicle recently about what’s on the horizon for shale and tight oil and gas worldwide.
Saudi Arabia's South Ghawar Basin has major unconventional gas reserves and the infrastructure to handle gas transportation (flickr/saudi_waltercallens).

Nine countries that could hold the next Eagle Ford

The U.S. economy has enjoyed an energy renaissance thanks to technology like fracking and horizontal drilling that unlocked previously inaccessible geological formations. Some of that same technology is now poised to be used around the world.

Brent crude falls below $100 for first time in 14 months

Brent crude fell below $100 a barrel for the first time since June 2013 as a slowdown in imports into China reinforced signs of surplus supply. West Texas Intermediate dropped to the lowest in almost eight months.
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Katy Perry performs at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/The Omaha World-Herald/Mark Davis)

Commentary: Mixing energy and pop: If Katy Perry and I were to do a duet…

…I would have no squabble in doing one of her hits,  but we would have to work in some commodity themes into the lyrics. So here are some ideas I am working on pitching her. Roar – We could definitely belt this one out. Not only does roaring louder, louder than a lion sound like fun, […]
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Water resources a problem for energy extraction worldwide, report finds

According to the analysis by the World Resources Institute, 38 percent of the earth’s shale gas and tight oil resources are in areas that are either arid or under high levels of water stress already _ a scenario that does not mesh with the high water demands of today’s extraction techniques.

Green Dragon Gas settles with ConocoPhillips for $40 million

Green Dragon Gas Ltd., a Chinese producer of coal-bed methane gas, has agreed to pay ConocoPhillips a $40 million arbitration settlement to end a contract dispute.

China’s natural gas demand continues to grow

Natural gas accounted for only 4.9 percent of China’s total energy consumption in 2012, but that share is expected to grow to 8 percent by 2015 and 10 percent by 2020.
A horizontal boring mill works on part of a pressure pump at the Fort Worth factory of FTS International, which has a joint venture with China's Sinopec to provide hydraulic fracturing technology. (Brandon Thibodeaux for the Houston Chronicle)

Hoping for its own shale gale, China seeks U.S. know-how

U.S. companies are entering joint ventures to provide China with the tools it needs to get at oil and gas locked in shale.
A visitor looks at Toyota Motor's new fuel cell vehicle (FCV) on display at the company's showroom in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

After hybrid success, Toyota gambles on fuel cell

Toyota is betting that drivers will embrace hydrogen fuel cells, a technology that runs on the energy created by an electrochemical reaction when oxygen in the air combines with hydrogen stored as fuel.
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