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S-Oil Corp. refinery facilities operate at dawn in Ulsan, South Korea, on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Saudi Aramco), the world?s largest crude exporter, will buy a $2 billion stake in S-Oil Corp., South Korea?s third-largest oil refiner. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

Saudi Aramco’s refining empire could be IPO focus

The kingdom owns, either directly or through joint-ventures, plants capable of processing 5.3 million barrels a day.
(Thomas B. Shea/For the Chronicle)

Rice speakers to energy engineering firms: Partner up, and expect more acquisitions

While growth in the petrochemical sector is helping some engineering and construction companies, a recent Wood Mackenzie report, for instance, shows that $1.5 trillion in pending North American shale projects are not profitable with oil at $50 a barrel.
An oil tanker navigates the Houston Ship Channel in Houston, Texas. (Carter Smith/ Bloomberg News file photo)

Report: Crude export ban helps few refiners but hurts all US producers

Light, sweet crude flowing out of the Eagle Ford would attract higher, premium prices on the world market, if those oil exports weren’t prohibited by U.S. trade policy, a Rice University study concludes.
Arthur Perales III works on a gear reducer at the Weatherford rod-pump manufacturing plant Thursday, June 26, 2014, in Katy. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Texas manufacturing sluggish as energy sector slows down

Manufacturing activity in Texas was flat for the second consecutive month in February, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas revealed in its latest survey on the sector.
A new grant program coordinated through three Texas universities looks to find ways to commercialize academic research (Flickr/horiavarlan).

Texas schools get $3.75 million to commercialize their research

A $3.75 million National Science Foundation grant will help researchers at Rice, Texas A&M and the University of Texas investigate commercial applications for their work.
Wind and solar may account for about half of Germany’s generation capacity by 2020, from 37 percent in 2013, according to data from Bryan, Garnier & Co. (Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

Rice touts advancement in solar cell technique

Researchers at Rice University they’ve discovered a way to simplify the process used to make solar cell components, which could make the technology less expensive to produce.
Brad Burke, managing director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, speaks at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.

Rice aims to spur more Houston startups

Rice University wants to bring Houston the same Cambrian explosion of startup companies that began in Palo Alto and Boston decades ago – but for oil and gas, a Rice official said Wednesday.
(AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

Sustainability key to US energy future, expert says

As global energy demand rises, the United States must do a better job making its oil boom sustainable in places like the Bakken Shale, where fractured wells recover just 4 percent of the underground resource, a Rice University official said Wednesday.
Charles McConnell joined Rice University in August to head its new Energy and Environment Initiative. (Craig H. Hartley/For the Chronicle)

Q&A: Industry veteran brings fossil fuel priority to Rice

Charles McConnell, the head of Rice University’s new Energy and Environment Initiative, speaks with FuelFix recently about technology, energy policy and his new job.
Kenneth Medlock III, the vice president for academic affairs for the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAFE), makes his remarks on the Industry Outlook during the opening  session at the Deep Offshore Technology International Conference & Exhibition 2013 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center in The Woodlands. (Jerry Baker/Houston Chronicle)

Oil prices could drop as drivers demand more fuel efficiency, researcher says

Despite the nation’s shale gusher, domestic demand for oil has remained flat during the past decade. But unlike most periods of stagnant demand, a weakened economy isn’t the only culprit.