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Dow Chemical Co. chairman and CEO Andrew N. Liveris, front, addresses his employees and honored guests during the announcement of Dow's new ethylene production plant at Dow Texas Operations, Thursday, April 19, 2012, on the Brazosport College campus in Lake Jackson. (Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)

Despite weak sales, Dow’s profits surge 28 percent

The Michigan-based corporation with a sprawling plant in Freeport reported a strong second quarter even though its sales dropped $12.9 billion, or 13 percent, from the same time last year under pressure from a global crude slump and a strong U.S. dollar.
Categories: Chemicals
Enterprise Products Parnters docks in the Houston Ship Channel. (Photo: Enterprise Products Partners)

Enterprise completes Houston Ship Channel terminal expansion

Enterprise Products Partners completed the first phase of its LPG export terminal expansion, allowing the company to ship more supercooled propane to buyers overseas.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Winemakers want NY to deny gas storage permit

Opponents of Houston-based Crestwood Midstream’s project said at a news conference in Albany that it would endanger drinking water, the local economy and the region’s wine and tourism industry.
Ships and barges hug the shoreline at the Port Corpus Christi. (Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News)

Record LPG exports will drive ship market growth, Latsco says

Increased U.S. exports of liquefied petroleum gas amid higher shale oil production will boost demand for ships that carry gases such as propane, butanes and ethane, according to the director of Latsco Shipping Ltd., said
Curtis Donaldson, managing director of CleanFUEL USA, stands with a company vehicle in a Houston parking lot. He founded the company in 1993 to make propane-fueled vehicles and pumps to fuel them. (Ryan Holeywell/Houston Chronicle)

Texas businessman sees promise in propane

The founder of Texas-based propane company CleanFUEL USA, which made news this year when it entered a major deal to supply UPS with 1,000 trucks and more than 50 fuel stations, explains why he sees promise in the alternative transportation fuel.

Energy Extremities This Winter

Even though flipping a coin has better forecasting skills than the dastardly groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil has unfortunately been on the money for this winter.  Despite April on deck next week there is still snow on the ground (in more places than there should be), while our dearly beloved energy commodities have seen rampant demand, receding inventories, […]
Phillips 66 plans to develop its LPG export terminal at the site of the company’s existing marine terminal in Freeport, Texas. (Phillips 66)

US to become top exporter of liquefied petroleum gas, experts say

The U.S. is poised to become the top exporter of liquified petroleum gas — more commonly known as propane or butane — within just a few years, officials with research analyst IHS said Monday.
UPS driver Robert Mendez fuels his truck with propane in Gainesville, Ga., during a pilot program ahead of the delivery company's March 2014 announcement that it would include 1,000 propane vehicles in its U.S. fleet and build 50 refueling stations. (Geoff Johnson)

UPS delivers a boost to propane as vehicle fuel

Most people — especially Texans — know propane as the fuel source that allows them to fire up a backyard barbecue in seconds. Now it’s also heating up as an alternative motor fuel, as companies with vehicle fleets embrace its lower costs and smaller environmental footprint relative to gasoline or diesel.
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An LNG tanker offloads in Cove Point, Md., in 2003.  (AP Photo/ Matt Houston)

Federal law blocking cheap Texas fuel from reaching frozen East Coast

As freezing weather drained stockpiles of propane to their lowest seasonal level in two decades on the U.S. East Coast this month, shivering New Englanders couldn’t tap abundant supplies sailing out of Texas. The reason? The Jones Act.
Phillips 66 operates the Gulf Coast Fractionators facility in Mont Belvieu, Texas. (Phillips 66)

Phillips 66 shifts focus with $3 billion in new projects

Phillips 66 is no longer betting its future on the massive refining business that made it the second-largest energy company in the world. Instead, it’s using refining, once its most profitable arm, as a cash cow to transform itself into a business that primarily operates energy transportation, storage and processing infrastructure.