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From space travel to video games, Big Oil pulls tech collaborators from a range of industries

An arsenal of oil and gas gadgets includes a lot of tech that was developed by industry outsiders.
(Photographer: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg)

Shell’s BG deal cleared by Australian competition regulator

Shell’s takeover has already won key regulatory approvals from the U.S., the European Union and Brazil.
Map of Shell prospects in the Gulf of Mexico. (Shell)

Shell finds 100 million oil barrels in deep-water Gulf discovery

Royal Dutch Shell has drilled its longest-ever well and found 100 million barrels of oil equivalent buried at one of its recent deep-water discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico, the company said Wednesday.
A rig worker looks out across the North Sea aboard the Troll A natural gas platform, operated by Statoil ASA, in the North Sea, Norway, on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. Norway is on track for record gas production this year after Statoil ASA put an end to technical issues that limited Troll's capacity. Photographer: Krister Soerboe/Bloomberg

Statoil to exit Arctic leases north of Alaska

Statoil’s announcement comes two months after Royal Dutch Shell announced it would abandon its $7 billion Arctic drilling efforts in a neighboring part of the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska, after drilling a dry hole.
FRAMO Offshore Technology Conference at the NRG Center Monday, May 4, 2015, in Houston, Texas. ( Gary Coronado / Houston Chronicle )

Shell vessel heads to deep Gulf waters amid region’s uncertainty

The Anglo-Dutch oil major’s latest project is slated to produce a peak 50,000 barrels a day in a region estimated to hold up to 2 billion barrels a day in production.
Shell Oil President Marvin Odum, center, speaks at the University of Houston energy symposium, "Carbon tax: Is it the right time?" on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. ( Karen Warren / Houston Chronicle )

Shell Oil Co. president touts carbon tax over piecemeal regulations

A carbon tax or cap-and-trade system in the U.S. — and globally — would serve the energy industry better than the current slate of piecemeal state and federal regulations, Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum said Tuesday at a University of Houston energy symposium on “Carbon Tax: Is It the Right Time?”
Shell's executive vice president for the Arctic, Ann Pickard, stands in front of the massive legs of the Transocean Polar Pioneer while it is being loaded with supplies in Seattle. Shell Oil Co. plans to use the Polar Pioneer and the Noble Discoverer to bore two exploratory oil wells in its Burger Prospect in the Chukchi Sea, about 70 miles northwest of the Alaska coast. Pickard, 60, took over Shell's Arctic portfolio in 2013 -- the latest step in a long career that included a three-year stint in Australia and five years heading Shell's interests in Nigeria.  (Jennifer A. Dlouhy / The Houston Chronicle)

Shell’s top Arctic exec is retiring, will join KBR board

Shell ended its $7 billion Arctic venture after the exploratory well it drilled in Alaskan waters of the Chukchi Sea failed to find significant amounts of oil and gas.
Gasoline prices continue to fall and appear to be headed even lower as motorists prepare to hit the roads for Thanksgiving. ( Johnny Hanson / Houston Chronicle )

Gasoline prices temporarily rose after brief oil spike

The gasoline increase comes in the wake of the U.S. benchmark for oil rising from $43.20 a barrel on Oct. 28 up to $47.90 by Nov. 3.
Work is bustling at the construction site of the new ethylene oxide unit at the Huntsman petrochemical plant in Port Neches. The facility is expanding, constructing a third ethylene oxide unit, which, when in full operation by the end of the year will make Huntsman the largest single-site ethylene oxide producer in the nation at an expected output of 3.8 million pounds per day. Following a tour of the site, executives held a lunch with employees, U.S. Congressman Randy Weber and representatives of Lamar University. Founder Jon Huntsman presented Lamar President Ken Evans with a check for $5 million, which will go toward establishing the Wayne Reaud Honors College.
Photo taken Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Photo by Kim Brent

Houston-based Altivia Petrochemicals buys complex from Ohio company

Altivia would not disclose the terms of the deal.
(Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg)

BP plans to start natural gas output from Egypt’s atoll in 2018

Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s biggest energy company, and BP are struggling to increase oil and gas production and add to their reserves.