Fuel Fix

A natural gas well in the  Greater Natural Buttes (Photo: Anadarko)

Anadarko income falls after year-earlier tax settlement

Net income fell to $460 million from $2.16 billion a year earlier.  More »
(Image: Fotolia)

Westlake Chemical 1st-quarter profit rises

The Houston-based chemical company earned $123.3 million.  More »
FMC Technologies Tore Halvorsen, left, talks to Norwegian petroleum minister Ola Borten Moe, Norway's Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, right, during the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Center Monday, May 6, 2013, in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Norway’s royal couple promenades around cutting-edge offshore technology

Norway’s striking royal couple, the Crown Prince Haakon and his wife, the Crown Princess Mette-Marit made their way on Monday morning through blowout preventers and subsea wells, as they toured the exhibit hall of the Offshore Technology Conference and the Norwegian Pavilion.  More »
teacake

The importance of tea cakes and other sweets

Many visitors to the Scottish pavilion at the Offshore Technology Conference don’t just come looking for new products, sales deals or employment opportunities. They’re coming for tea cakes.  More »
(NAN-Fotolia.com)

Networking tip: Search for a job, but don’t get in the way

While many have received job offers during the Offshore Technology Conference, don’t be too aggressive. It’s important to be sensitive to the sales staff’s time.  More »
Scotland minister of energy Fergus Ewing, left, and David Rennie of Scottish Enterprise at OTC. (Jeannie Kever/Houston Chronicle)

Energy minister says Scotland is open for business

Scotland’s energy minister reported Monday that the country hit a nine-year high in oil and gas exports last year, as Scottish oil and gas supply chain exports increased by 8.4 percent, to $12.7 billion.  More »
Peter Lewis, a technical sales engineer, with Fullerton, Calif.-based Aerofit, shows off coupling made of a shape-memory alloy known as Tinel, after it has been clamped onto pipe. (The Houston Chronicle)

Shape-memory alloy makes its way from space to sea

If metal that changes shape with a gust of warm air sounds like something that came from outer space, that’s because it did. The metal — known as shape-memory alloy — has been used in aerospace for decades, but it’s just beginning to make its offshore drilling debut. It also had its coming-out at the Offshore Technology Conference on Monday.  More »
FMC Technologies Tore Halvorsen, left, talks to Norwegian petroleum minister Ola Borten Moe, Norway's Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit, right, during the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Center Monday, May 6, 2013, in Houston. (Cody Duty / Houston Chronicle)

Norwegian oil minister hopes to strengthen ties to Houston

Norway has one of the largest national delegations at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference, with more than 2,000 attendees. Ola Morten Moe, minister of petroleum and energy for Norway, sat down for interview with FuelFix at the Offshore Technology Conference on Monday.  More »
BP Chief Executive, Upstream Lamar McKay speaks during the Unlocking the Future: BP's Global Upstream topical breakfast at OTC 2013 at Reliant Park Monday, May 6, 2013, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

Gulf spill fallout not impeding growth plans, BP exec says

The continuing uncertainty over BP’s remaining liabilities from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill isn’t a major influence on the individual exploration and production projects it is choosing to do around the world, even in the face of cost inflation for materials and services, a company executive says.  More »
Deepstar director Greg Kusinski speaks during a panel discussion at Monday's OTC 2013 at Reliant Park. (James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

DeepStar: 22 years of collaboration and counting

More than 20 years after the DeepStar research collaborative was founded to foster cooperation among energy companies working offshore, companies say the need is greater than ever.  More »
Black & Veatch Program Manager Javid Talib speaks during Floating Liquefied Natural Gas Technology session OTC 2013 at Reliant Park Monday, May 6, 2013, in Houston. ( James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle )

LNG plants on barges a solution for shale

Onshore natural gas stole the attention of offshore experts Monday morning at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston.  More »
(StockMonkeys.com)

Inergy to buy gas processor Crestwood for $1.25 billion

Inergy Midstream LP, the pipeline partnership that began trading publicly 18 months ago, agreed to buy Crestwood Midstream Partners LP for $1.25 billion in stock and cash, adding natural gas processing capabilities as it seeks to capitalize on rising U.S. output of the fuel.  More »