Category: Technology

GE gets $500M price tag for gas turbines in Texas

General Electric’s new high-efficiency gas turbines, fired at temperatures 200 degrees hotter than an erupting volcano, will see their U.S. debut at two gas power plants near Houston and Dallas.  More »

Progress for long delayed energy efficiency program

A long-delayed program intended to deliver high-tech energy savings to low-income Texans may finally be getting back on track. But questions remain — including whether large numbers of low-income Texans will avail themselves of the new technology. The devices included in the program — including programmable communicating thermostats — work with digital smart meters already […]  More »

America Gets Smart on Energy Efficiency

Water transportation requires an enormous amount of electricity, which only increases as water sources diminish throughout regions plagued with drought. The electric power transmission and distribution system (the grid) is a critical and extraordinarily complex part of our nation’s infrastructure. Reliable electricity service is essential to health, welfare, communication, and commerce. Because of its scale […]  More »

Wild Well unveils newest 120-ton capping stack

Houston-based Wild Well Control has stationed a capping stack in Singapore as part of its global system for responding to underwater well blowuts.  More »

Statoil, partners expand effort to put flared natural gas to use

Statoil, GE and Ferus Natural Gas are expanding use of technology designed to fuel oil field equipment with natural gas that otherwise would be flared off into the atmosphere.  More »

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.  More »

Researchers at work on using liquid nitrogen instead of water in fracturing

Petroleum engineers in Colorado are working on a process called cryogenic fracturing, which replaces water with searing cold liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide.  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 »

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 »

Drillers in Colorado especially mindful of the neighbors

Producers are finding ways to centralize oil field operations in a bid to boost efficiencies, cut costs and minimize disruptions for residents in the populous Colorado Front Range.  More »

Texas research groups to study clean vehicle technology

Two Texas research groups landed government grants to study new technologies that improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs as part of the Obama administration’s promotion of clean vehicles.  More »

Feds say firm pumped up stock with false claims about fracturing technolgy

Houston-based Chimera Energy and four individuals pumped up the company’s stock prices by falsely claiming to have technology for a water-free alternative to hydraulic fracturing, federal regulators allege.  More »
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