Fuel Fix

Customers fill up vehicles beyond a filler hose as 7,500 gallons of unleaded gasoline are delivered to a Shell station in Peoria, Illinois, U.S., on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014. (Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg)

Lawmakers fear voters won’t approve of easing export ban

Some Republican congressional leaders and lawmakers from oil states have been reluctant to say much on the topic of easing the federal ban on oil exports.  More »
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Construction progresses at Cheniere’s Sabine Pass terminal

The Houston-based company is adding liquefaction capabilities to export LNG as it capitalizes on the surge of cheap abundant gas unlocked by the U.S. shale boom.  More »
Erica Bowman, vice president and chief economist at America's Natural Gas Alliance, appears at a state House committee hearing in Edinburg.(Robert Grattan/Chronicle).

Mexico’s energy overhaul will bring benefits, challenges

Mexico’s move to open up its energy sector can be a boon to both sides of the border, but achieving the potential will require work,  More »
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Rigs targeting gas in U.S. gain on rise in Texas drilling

The rebound in gas rigs threatens to come at the expense of oil drilling, as U.S. crude has dropped by more than $10 a barrel over the past three months.  More »
A Siemens coal gasifier.  (Photo: Siemens)

Lawsuit: Siemens $6.5B price for Dresser-Rand too low

A shareholder of Dresser-Rand Group says in a lawsuit the Houston compressor and turbine maker is worth more than the $6.5 billion that Siemens AG is planning to pay for it.  More »
Romanian leaders in Houston Friday urged U.S. companies to invest in the country's energy sector.

Romanian prime minister in Houston urging U.S. investment

Romania traces its oil industry to the 1850s, but as it production has declined in recent years, it’s urging American investors to pump their money into the country to help it develop shale and deepwater resources.  More »
Aexey Miller, CEO of Russian gas supplier Gazprom leaves a news conference of European Union Commissioner Guenther Oettinger in Berlin, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Trilateral gas talks between the European Union, Russia and Ukraine about gas supply from Russia for Europe during the upcoming winter take place in the German capital. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

EU proposes deal to ensure Ukraine gas supplies

The proposed deal, which would expire next spring, is aimed at averting a supply crisis in Ukraine and the EU over the winter but wouldn’t resolve a deeper dispute over what price Kiev should pay for past and future deliveries.  More »
Susser Petroleum is buying a chain of Hawaiian convenience stores, the company announced. (Susser Petroleum Partners)

Susser Petroleum buys Hawaiian convenience store chain for $240 million

The Houston-based motor fuels distributor has agreed to purchase Honolulu-based Aloha Petroleum, one of the largest convenience store operators in Hawaii with a large wholesale fuel distribution network and six fuel storage terminals. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year.  More »
BHP Billiton's Shenzi tension leg platform is positioned about 120 miles off the Lousiana coast, handling production from several deep-water fields (Photo: BHP)

BHP Billiton, Pemex sign agreement to share deepwater knowledge

Australian oil and mining giant BHP Billiton and Pemex, Mexico’s national oil company, have signed a deal to share knowledge of deepwater operations, BHP Billiton announced.  More »
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Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of U.S.

While gas prices usually dip this time of year, they’re dropping even faster now due to plummeting global oil prices.  More »
Tankers in the Houston Ship Channel, Tuesday June 18, 2013.  (Billy Smith II/Houston Chronicle)

Surging Middle East oil increases tanker rates

The oil-refining wave in the Middle East is filling tankers to export the region’s processed fuels and driving freight rates to the highest for the time of year since 2008.  More »
BHP Billiton CEO Andrew Mackenzie speaks at the IHS CERAWeek energy conference in Houston on March 4. (Mayra Beltran/Houston Chronicle)

BHP Billiton to cut petroleum capital spending by $279 million

BHP Billiton, the Australian mining and oil giant, will cut capital spending in its petroleum division by $279 million in 2015, the company announced in its annual report Thursday.  More »
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