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.
KBR Tower in downtown Houston (AP file photo/Pat Sullivan)

KBR wins Louisiana LNG contract

The Houston-based engineering and construction firm is focusing on opportunities in natural gas as oilfield activity slows.
Categories: Deals, featured, LNG
(Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg)

Texas wind and solar power could compete with fossil fuels in just a few years

While Texas currently has very little solar power generation, there are several projects currently in development.
FILE — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, July 8, 2015. Cuomo intends to take a lead role in a broad campaign pressing for a crackdown on the improper dealing of firearms, swerving into national politics on an issue that has caused him some political heartburn in New York but has become a defining subject of the 2016 presidential campaign. (John Taggart/The New York Times)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rejects proposed gas terminal off coast

The deep-water docking station known as Port Ambrose was to be built 19 miles off Jones Beach on Long Island and 29 miles off Long Brach, New Jersey.
Shell Oil President Marvin Odum, center, speaks at the University of Houston energy symposium, "Carbon tax: Is it the right time?" on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle )

Shell Oil Co. president touts carbon tax over piecemeal regulations

A carbon tax or cap-and-trade system in the U.S. — and globally — would serve the energy industry better than the current slate of piecemeal state and federal regulations, Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum said Tuesday at a University of Houston energy symposium on “Carbon Tax: Is It the Right Time?”
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Alaska OKs buying out TransCanada’s interest in gas project

The liquefied natural gas project would be one of the largest of its kind, with an 800-mile pipeline, a gas treatment plant and transmission lines connecting to gas fields, and a liquefaction plant and export terminal.
Categories: Arctic, Canada, LNG

State Sen. Cathy Giessel, right, speaks on the floor of the Alaska Senate during debate on a bill to authorize the buyout of one of the state's partners in a proposed gas project, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Juneau, Alaska. The bill passed the Senate 16-3. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska Senate approves TransCanada buyout bill

The Alaska Senate on Tuesday approved legislation that would give the state a greater share in a proposed liquefied natural gas project by buying out one of the project’s partners.
(Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Shell carves more savings from BG Group deal, expects further job cuts

Shell has found another $1 billion in costs it could shake free after it buys BG Group, company officials said, taking on recent investor concerns about the huge acquisition it announced when crude was more expensive in the spring.

Nearing Sabine Pass startup, Cheniere reports loss in third quarter

The first major Cheniere project due to come online is the massive liquefaction and export facility at Sabine Pass.

Today’s economic weakness, tomorrow’s natural gas oversupply

On the 70th birthday of the Fonz (aka Henry Winkler), commodities are trying to stay cool amid a bearish barrage of news. We have had Q3 earnings from Exxon Mobil and Chevron to round out big oil’s reporting; both fell in lockstep with the trend of the other members – falling profits but strong downstream […]
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