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Charif Souki, CEO of Cheniere Energy, was 2013's top-paid public company CEO in Houston and the nation. (James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Cheniere’s tentative settlement could restrict stock grants through 2017

Cheniere Energy has reached a pre-settlement pact with investors that will put restraints on pay after CEO Charif Souki’s $142 million annual takehome had outpaced every other U.S. CEO’s last year.  More »
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak (L) shakes hands with EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger (C) as Ukraine's Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuri Prodan (2nd R), European Commission President Jose Manuel Barosso (back C), European Commission vice-president Miros Sefkovic (3rd R), CEO of Naftogaz, Andriy Kobolev (R) and CEO of Gazprom, Alexey Miller (L) clap after signing an agreement at the European Union Commission headquarters in Brussel. Russia agreed to resume gas deliveries to Ukraine through the winter to March in a breakthrough EU-brokered deal signed by the three parties in Brussels. (AFP PHOTO/Emmanuel DunandEMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Image)s

Ukraine, Moscow clinch deal on Russian natural gas supply

Moscow and Kiev on Thursday clinched a multi-billion dollar deal that will guarantee that Russian gas exports flow into Ukraine and beyond to the European Union throughout the winter despite their intense rivalry over the fighting in eastern Ukraine.  More »
Kirby Corp. is best known for operating a large fleet of inland barges. (Photo: Kirby)

Kirby Corp. grows onshore with hydraulic fracturing boom

Kirby Corp., a Houston-based barge shipping company, is growing its business on shore. Since hydraulic fracturing took off, Kirby has found a growing market for its diesel engine services division. The engines power hydraulic fracturing pumps, and demand has been rising in recent years.  More »
Clay Williams, then-senior vice president and chief financial officer of National Oilwell Varco, on November 1, 2006. (Jessica Kourkounis/For The Chronicle)

NOV CEO: Rig count may fall modestly in 2015

National Oilwell Varco saw higher demand for rig equipment and aftermarket services.  More »
The head office of Statoil in Stavanger, Norway.  (AP Photo / Kent Skibstad, NTB scanpix, File)

Statoil suffers first loss on oil-sands project, crude drop

Statoil ASA, Norway’s biggest energy company, reported its first quarterly loss since listing in 2001 after writing down the value of an oil-sands project in Canada and struggling with plunging crude prices.  More »
(Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Shell Midstream surges in early trading

Shell’s midstream initial public offering took flight early Wednesday, gaining more than 40 percent shortly after trading started.  More »
John Hess, Chairman and CEO of the Hess Corp. (AP file photo/Mark Lennihan)

Hess officials coy about what falling crude prices means for spending

On a week in which many executives have tried to downplay concerns about declining crude oil prices, the message provided one of the clearest pictures yet of how, exactly, the latest slide would affect earnings.  More »
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation CEO Al Walker. (Nick de la Torre / Houston Chronicle)

Anadarko CEO: Lower oil prices could bring more acquisitions

A decline in oil prices may offer up discounts for key acquisitions in Colorado and elsewhere, Anadarko CEO Al Walker said.  More »
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Hess profits increase 140 percent amid asset sale

Hess Corp.’s third quarter profits increased 140 percent to $1 billion, the New York-based exploration and production company announced, as the company enjoyed the proceeds of a massive asset sale.  More »
Abdalla El-Badri, OPEC general secretary (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

OPEC head tells oil market to stop panicking about prices

Crude collapsed into a bear market this month as Saudi Arabia and other producers deepened price discounts for their oil.  More »
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Calls for $100-a-barrel oil show many betting on rebound

Higher prices will be back soon enough because the current slowdown in demand growth will prove fleeting, many in the market are saying.  More »
Patrick Pouyanne at the Intercontinental Hotel  in Houston. (Sharon Steinmann / Chronicle )

Total’s Pouyanne sticks to cost-cutting as profit falls

Patrick Pouyanne, who was named to succeed de Margerie last week, plans to “hit the road” to visit contacts in the oil industry and in several resource-rich countries  More »
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