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OTC participants get a look at the ENI Saipem  models. (Photo: Thomas B. Shea/For the Chronicle)
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Mini-models steal the show at Houston’s OTC

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With hundreds of vendors vying for attention at the 45th annual Offshore Technology Conference, colorful models of oil industry vessels, platforms and equipment, some of them the size of a small car and costing thousands of dollars, arguably can start a conversation that ends in a sale.
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

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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.
A boat passes a refinery standing along the Houston Ship Channel.  (Scott Dalton/Bloomberg)

Houston port’s $35B blitz led by energy investments (photos)

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As record oil and gas output floods the country with cheap and abundant energy and brings the U.S. closer to energy independence, the bulk of the fuels get squeezed through Houston, the country’s largest export gateway and the core of its biggest refining region.
A cargo ship. (AP photo)

Shell, GE to build nation’s first LNG fueling stations for cargo ships

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc, General Electric Co. and a company co-founded by T. Boone Pickens are planning investments in natural-gas-powered shipping as record U.S. output spurs the merchant fleet to use a new fuel.
Johan Vold, managing director of the Oslo Energy Forum, speaks about opening the Arctic to oil and gas drilling during the Houston Shipping & Offshore Conference on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (Emily Pickrell/Houston Chronicle)

Melting Arctic easing access to fossil fuels

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More direct northern sea routes may be opening up in the Arctic, as the melting of the ice has made previously unnavigable routes a growing possibility for large ships, including tankers carrying oil and gas, an expert said Wednesday at the Third Houston Shipping and Offshore Conference.
A GTT LNG carrier

LNG tank company expands with new Houston office

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GTT, a French designer of large tanks for liquefied natural gas, is setting up a Houston office in anticipation of market shifts tied to cheap natural gas.
Algae-based biofuel is loaded on the Self Defense Test Ship, formally a destroyer, the USS Paul F. Foster, at Naval Base Point Loma undergoing tests using the algae based biofuel in San Diego. (AP Photo/The San Diego Union-Tribune, Howard Lipin)

Navy launches its largest biofuel test for ship

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The U.S. Navy launched its largest alternative fuel test to date on Wednesday, pumping 20,000 gallons of algae-based fuel into a destroyer ship that will embark on a 20-hour trip along the California coast.