Inside the Honeywell's control center demo site, Experion Orion Console, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Houston. Visitors can see the future of technologies at refineries, petrochemical plants and large industrial facilities. (Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle)

Refineries due for an upgrade, with touch screens and HD monitors among the offerings

The problem is convincing companies to make changes when upgrades cost money and give employees unfamiliar equipment.
Holiday travelers appear at Los Angeles International Airport, on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. An estimated 46.9 million Americans are expected to take a car, plane, bus or train at least 50 miles from home over the long holiday weekend, according to the motoring organization AAA. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Cheap gasoline fueling expanded Thanksgiving travel day

Among the reasons given for the increase: an improving economy and the cheapest gasoline for this time of year since 2008.
(Jerry Baker/For the Houston Chronicle)

CB&I gets $2.8 billion petrochemical contract in Oman

CB&I, which operates out of The Woodlands, will build the Liwa Plastics Industrial Complex Project for the Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company, called Orpic.
(AP Photo/Reed Saxon, file)

Gasoline expected to dip below $2 nationwide for Thanksgiving

Gasoline costs also could continue to come down through December, according to GasBuddy, which noted that prices don’t always spike during busy driving weeks.
In this Jan. 5, 2015 file photo, Ram pickup trucks are on display on the lot at Landmark Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM in Morrow, Ga. Fiat Chrysler sold almost 41,000 Rams in October 2015, the company reported Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, a 3 percent gain over a year ago for FCA’s top-selling vehicle. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Cheap gasoline spurring record truck sales, hurting fuel economy

So far this year, sales of light trucks have made up a little more than 56 percent of all vehicle sales in the U.S., their biggest share of the market in years
Container ship

Commentary: American crude oil exports are a game changer

This week, Houston will host an important discussion focused on an integral issue within our country’s energy landscape: crude oil exports. Notably, we live in an age where positioning the United States as the global leader in meeting and supplying energy demands has not only become a priority; but almost a reality. What many Americans […]
(Ty Wright/Bloomberg)

Gasoline prices are back on the decline, despite global terrorism concerns

Average retail prices on Monday for regular unleaded gasoline dipped by nearly 3 cents from last week down to $1.91 for the Houston area and $1.92 for Texas as a whole, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey data. In Houston, prices are 78 cents lower than the same time last year.
Gasoline prices continue to fall and appear to be headed even lower as motorists prepare to hit the roads for Thanksgiving. ( Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle )

Gasoline prices temporarily rose after brief oil spike

The gasoline increase comes in the wake of the U.S. benchmark for oil rising from $43.20 a barrel on Oct. 28 up to $47.90 by Nov. 3.
A gallon of regular averaged  $2.21 nationwide Wednesday, the cheapest  heading into the holidays since 2008, and analysts say the national average may drop below $2 by the end of the year. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

We’re driving more miles, paying less for gasoline

Regular gasoline averaged $1.92 a gallon in Houston on Wednesday.
A pipeline sign marks  the main U.S. oil pipeline and storage hub at Cushing, Oklahoma. (Bloomberg photo)

Oil prices dip as crude stockpiles jump

The news put pressure on oil prices that had risen early in the week.