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Growing Chinese appetite ignites U.S. methanol renaissance

The North American methanol market has accelerated rapidly in recent years as the Chinese throw their money behind new projects to expand North America’s capacity to produce methanol.  More »

Company helps smaller oil companies use bigger data

Austin-based Drillinginfo creates apps and databases to help smaller independent oil companies improve their exploration and production.  More »

Growing global propylene demand leads to new projects

Increasing demand has chemical plants building units for producing the chemical building block propylene.  More »

Calpine to sell Florida facility to Duke Energy

Calpine Corp. has agreed to sell a Florida power plant to Duke Energy, but the companies have not yet finalized the terms of the deal, a Calpine spokesman said.  More »

Occidental breaks ground on Midland complex

MIDLAND — Occidental Petroleum officials and employees gathered earlier this week with local- and state-elected officials — including Gov. Rick Perry — to break ground for the company’s Midland office. Mayor Jerry Morales began the event, welcoming participants and citing not only Occidental’s job creation but its contributions to the community — from schools to […]  More »

Cyberattacks on energy companies create new insurance needs

A Houston litigator whose specialties include insurance issues says cyberattacks are presenting energy companies with new insurance needs.  More »

Tanker ruling comes at critical time for Kurdistan under siege by militants

A federal judge’s ruling that technically clears the way for a contested tanker of crude to be offloaded in the United States comes at a critical time for Kurdistan, which urgently needs a large infusion of cash to defend itself against Islamist militants.  More »

Exxon Mobil to pay civil penalty for 2012 oil spill

The U.S. Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the company will pay the penalty to resolve the government’s claim.  More »

Guest commentary: Eight steps to plug cybersecurity holes

Since governmental guidelines and voluntary practices of today can quickly turn into the requirements of tomorrow, the oil and gas pipeline industry can prepare now.  More »

Oil industry urged to work harder to get its story across

The oil industry has done a poor job in explaining to the public the challenges it faces and the service it performs,  More »

Texas lawmakers focus on oil boom

Above all, the oil boom has emerged as a singular force driving the state’s great challenge of the 21st century, the post-urbanization population surge.  More »

Texas schools get $3.75 million to commercialize their research

A $3.75 million National Science Foundation grant will help researchers at Rice, Texas A&M and the University of Texas investigate commercial applications for their work.  More »
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