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Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of French oil company Total, speaks at the IHS Energy CERAWeek in Houston. (Billy Smith II / Houston Chronicle)

CERAWeek: Total CEO not eyeing U.S. unconventionals

The factory drilling that marks unconventional oil and gas development requires a totally different business model and skill set than traditional plays, Total’s CEO said.
Gustavo Hernandez-Garcia, acting director of exploration and production for Meixcan oil giant Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), speaks at the Offshore Technology Conference on Tuesday, May 6. (Marie DeJesus/Houston Chronicle)

Pemex seeking partners for Eagle Ford and deep-water work

The booming Eagle Ford doesn’t stop at the Texas border, but for most producers, it essentially does — at least until now. That will soon change.
An oil pump jack is shown in a a field adjacent to a sub-division near Fredrick, Colo.  (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Standards could boost value of unconventional plays

Operators working in unconventional plays could benefit financially from standardizing their approach to their projects, management consultants said at a Wednesday lunch in Houston.
ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle)

ConocoPhillips chief sets new path, culture

After years of slimming down, ConocoPhillips is on an aggressive growth track under new Chief Executive Officer Ryan Lance. Watch his interview with FuelFix, as he lays out his blueprint for leading the nation’s largest oil producer to new heights.
A oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra on Alaska's North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Oil and gas pipeline demand to surge through 2016

Demand for oil and natural gas infrastructure will rise by more than 6 percent each year through 2016, as drilling proliferates across new U.S. regions, according to researchers at The Freedonia Group.
The LNG carrier, a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas, is towed into port. (Lex Van Lieshout, Getty Images)

U.S. should seize role as energy exporter, industry advisers say

Former Chevron vice chairman Peter Robertson said, under ideal conditions, U.S. and Canada can meet their own petroleum needs by 2035.
(KRT file photo/Diego Giudice)

CERA: Latin America hopes to follow U.S. boom in unconventional fossil fuels

Foreign energy leaders touted their countries’ potential for unconventional oil and gas production at the CERA Week energy convention in downtown Houston Tuesday, hoping to follow the United States’ boom in developing shale gas and tight oil resources.