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Oil prices not hitting petrochemical plant expansions

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The same drilling bonanza that bestowed the chemical industry with cheap feedstock also flooded the world market with oil and gas at a time when the global demand for such products has started to flatten.
The United Kalavryta, shown in the Gulf in late July, about 60 miles off Galveston's coast. (Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard)

Tanker’s fate unresolved after historic deal

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Lawyers representing Baghdad and Erbil met for 20 minutes behind closed doors with a U.S. federal judge on Wednesday to discuss the case involving a tanker carrying Kurdish crude that has been trapped in legal limbo since late July but no action was taken.
(AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Green groups sue DOT over oil-by-rail regulations

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The groups want the Transportation Department to block refiners and other shippers from using older, rupture-prone tank cars to move crude from the Bakken formation in North Dakota.
(Photos by Chevron)

Companies announce first oil from deep-water Gulf fields

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Oil has begun flowing at the Jack/St. Malo project in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico.
Marathon Oil's corporate headquarters in Houston.  (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

Marathon Oil, Total strike oil in Kurdistan

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The Houston-based independent oil and gas company said Monday that the Jisik-1 exploration well discovered multiple stacked oil and natural gas producing zones at its Harir Block in the northern reaches of Iraq.
( Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

Grid operator says backup reserves improving

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The Electric Reliability Council of Texas aims to have backup reserves of at least 13.75 percent of the state’s peak electricity demand.
Huntsman posted higher third-quarter earnings despite an unplanned outage at its Port Neches plant. ( Brett Coomer / Chronicle )

Huntsman to cut 900 jobs mostly in Europe

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The company announced the restructuring Monday, two months after it completed a $1 billion purchase of titanium dioxide and other assets from New Jersey-based Rockwood Holdings.
Improvements in oil field technology have made production more efficient.  (Julia Schmalz/Bloomberg)

Oil companies produce more for less as crude prices fall

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Because of improved drilling and completion efficiencies that lower production costs, some oil companies will produce more next year even as they cut spending amid falling crude prices.
Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser (Getty Images)

Q&A: Siemens boss charged up about oil field electricity

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The CEO of German engineering conglomerate Siemens spokes with FuelFix about Siemens’ recent purchase of Houston-based equipment maker Dresser-Rand, and about the U.S. business landscape.
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Asking the EPA to clarify and broaden possible ways for states to meet greenhouse gas controls at EGUs

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On Monday, the comment period for the EPA’s proposed rules for greenhouse gas controls for existing electricity generating units closes.  The agency is pursuing regulation under the authority of the CAA, section 111(d).  My comment was sent in today and copied here.  It focuses on expanding the ways a state can meet the target by […]