News from the Houston Chronicle energy team

Halliburton questions Chevron's cement-testing ingredients

The company said Chevron’s investigation used off-the-shelf cement and additives, while the company’s own test of its cement mix before the Macondo blowout was of a unique blend of cement and additives that existed on the Deepwater Horizon.  More »
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Skinny TVs can mean a fatter energy bill

Your high-def flat-screen may actually be an energy hog, gorging on as much power as conventional refrigerator. (Fotolia image)  More »

FuelFix Q&A: Why energy traders are slow to adapt to rule changes

New CFTC rules and the Dodd-Frank bill could spell big changes for energy traders. Software firm NICE Actimize talks about what’s in the works and what companies are — and are not — doing to get ready.  More »

FuelFix Newslinks |10.29.10|

Cement letter seen as bad news for Halliburton. BP in China gas talks. Marcellus ain’t so marvelous. (Photo: David Ohmer/Flickr)  More »

Street beats up Halliburton, but industry observers not convinced it's a fair fight*(update)

Wall Street and the feds may see findings about failed pre-spill cements tests as a sign of greater culpability for Halliburton, but industry observers are not so convinced. (Johnny Hanson: Houston Chronicle)  More »
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Steel City wants to be the new Energy Capital

Pittsburgh’s making a push for Houston’s energy-related companies — from equipment makers to chemical manufacturers — to think of Steel City and the Marcellus shale for future growth. (Photo: Fotolia)  More »
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ExxonMobil sees 3Q profit jump on higher oil prices, production

Third-quarter earnings climbed 55 percent on rising oil and natural gas prices, improved performance in the company’s refining and chemicals units and a jump in production. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)  More »

The re-up: South Texas nuke plant wants 20 more years

The South Texas Project’s two reactors are licensed to operate until 2027 and 2028, but the owners want to extend the licenses for two more decades. (Photo: James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle)  More »

FuelFix Newslinks |10.28.10|

Range to leave the Barnett, China’s members-only shale sale, Conoco and Shell profits climb. (Photo: David Ohmer/Flickr)  More »

Mulva: ConocoPhillips hopes to speed up restructuring

The company will likely sell more than $10 billion worth of assets by 2011, ConocoPhillips’ CEO said today. Possibly on the block: the Wilhelmshaven refinery in Germany, oil and gas properties in the Lower 48 and Western Canada and international assets in the upstream and downstream units.  More »

Off limits: Court orders secure zone around Deepwater Horizon wreckage *update*

We have to ask: Where would you put the “no trespassing” sign? (U.S. Coast Guard)  More »
NRG Energy has a carbon capture project at its W.A. Parish Power Plant in Fort Bend County. (For the Chronicle/Gary Fountain)

Volt still takes a hit on environment, economics

The electricity isn’t free when it comes to electric vehicles, but what are the calculations we should be making to get a good comparison? (Photo: Houston Chronicle/Gary Fountain)  More »