News from the Houston Chronicle energy team

Diamond Offshore to build new deep-water drillship

The offshore drilling contractor, taking advantage of lower rig-building costs, will spend $590 million on a rig capable of operating in 12,000 feet of water and has an option to buy a second at the same price.  More »
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And the winner is…

One FuelFix reader named the 2010 closing price for oil to the penny. (AP file photo/Mary Altaffer)  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |01.03.11|

Happy New Year, now where are the deep-water wells? North Dakota get bigger. Expect lightbulb inflation. (Photo: David Ohmer/Flickr)  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |12.31.10|

2011 predictions, leaner trucks, commodities for the win. (Photo: David Ohmer/Flickr)  More »
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Looking ahead: A new year for energy news

FuelFix’s Voices contributors share their predictions for the industry in 2011. Some of their picks will be familiar, some not so much. (Image: Fotolia)  More »
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My rebate application’s in the mail, now how about that check?

About one-third of the $18.5 million set aside for the second round of Texas appliance rebates has been spoken for. (AP file photo/Mark Lennihan)  More »
The floationg production vessel Kwame Nkrumah sits over Anadarko's Jubilee prospect offshore Ghana. (Photo: Anadarko)

Talk of BHP takeover of Anadarko resurfaces

Australian minerals megamover BHP may be lining up an offer for the Woodlands-based independent E&P company Anadarko. (Photo: Courtesy of Anadarko)  More »

Hofmeister’s $5 gas prediction: On target or missing the mark?

The former CEO of Shell Oil argued this week that the politics of freezing drilling in the Gulf will lead to severe energy shortages in the U.S. Hyperbole or prescient thinking? Join the discussion. (AP file photo/Jeff Chiu)  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |12.30.10|

Gas storage goes public. A Haynesville Top 10. Stealing oil and worker pay. (Photo: David Ohmer/Flickr)  More »

OSHA cites Pasadena refinery

OSHA’s South area office in Houston launched an investigation at Pasadena Refining Services in June as part of its national program on process safety management of refineries.  More »
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Drilling firm owes back overtime wages

Unit Corp., which does business as Unit Texas Drilling in Humble, will pay $579,910 in back overtime wages to 824 drillers, derrickmen and floor hands after a federal investigation found they had not been properly paid. (Image: Fotolia)  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |12.29.10|

Industry to pump up spending in 2011. Oil sands catch a break. Pemex to watch harder. (Photo: David Ohmer/Flickr)  More »