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Shell to cut 1,300 jobs in Malaysia over two years

Shell Malaysia said Tuesday it is trying to become a more efficient company but gave few details beyond disclosing the coming staff reductions.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File)

Gas pipeline is focus of Alaska special session

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday called lawmakers into special session to kick-start stalled consideration of the Alaska natural gas pipeline project
Workers at the Weatherford rod-pump manufacturing plant prepare to move parts into the plant Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Katy. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Oil firms cutting another 700 Texas jobs

Oil field service firm Cameron International told Texas regulators that it will cut 150 staff members over the next four months.
An oil well owned an operated by Apache Corporation in the Permian Basin are viewed on February 5, 2015 in Garden City, Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Energy job cuts approaching 200,000 worldwide

Nearly half of the oil industry’s reductions over the past year have come from the oil field service industry, firms that provide drill bits, well casing, hydraulic fracturing pumps and other tech.
A worker walks under a road of pipelines at the Petroleos Mexicanos Miguel Hidalgo oil refinery in Tula de Allende, Mexico, on Thursday, March. 6, 2013. Susana Gonzalez /Bloomberg

Refiners would lose big if oil export ban is loosened, EIA report says

Congress is set to begin considering legislation to end the prohibition as soon as next week, though a split in the industry is complicating the effort to get it passed, particularly the Senate.
Ryan Lance, ConocoPhillips CEO, speaks during the opening panel discussion of the 2015 IHS Energy CERAWEEK. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

ConocoPhillips to cut 10 percent of global workforce

ConocoPhillips said Tuesday it is planning to cut roughly 1,800 employees, or 10 percent of its global workforce, in the next several weeks as it deals with low oil prices.

ConocoPhillips starts up deep oil sands project in Canada

ConocoPhillips says it’s bringing up its first barrels of oil in a large Canadian oil sands project that has been under construction for five years.
Workers at the Weatherford rod-pump manufacturing plant prepare to move parts into the plant Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Katy. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Oil and gas equipment makers had a better June, but business is still down 40 percent

Oil prices that had stabilized in May and June had oil field services firms hopeful that $60 crude would mean increased capital spending from producers.
Ryan Lance, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips, addresses the audience during the Geopolitics of Natural Gas at Rice University, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Houston. (Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle)

ConocoPhillips swings to loss in second quarter

Houston-based ConocoPhillips said Thursday it saw a net loss of $179 million or 15 cents per share in the second quarter.
A Chinese man holds up oil residue found in his shrimp farm in the coastal Leting county in the Bohai Bay near northern China's Hebei province. China's oceanic agency has ordered ConocoPhillips China to do more to prevent and clean up offshore spills that occurred June 4 and June 17, 2011 in the Bohai Bay that have raised an outcry among fishermen and environmentalists. (AP Photo)

China accepts group’s case against ConocoPhillips, CNOOC

In June 2011, oil spills from an oilfield jointly owned by Houston-based ConocoPhillips’ Chinese subsidiary and CNOOC, China’s main offshore oil and gas producer, drained into the Bohai Sea and its bay.