Fuel Fix

A hydrogen-powered truck. (Vision Motor Corp.)

Port of Houston’s test trucks handle like golf carts

A 20-truck fleet powered by hydrogen fuel cells will begin rolling across the Port of Houston later this year in a test of whether the vehicles can improve air quality and still provide enough heavy lifting to handle cargo.  More »
Saudi Aramco's Manifa field was drilled through 27 man-made islands in a bay along the Persian Gulf. It will put out 900,000 barrels per day of crude by the end of 2014. (Photo: Saudi Aramco)

Saudi Aramco starts production at mammoth field

Saudi Aramco has started production at its behemoth Manifa field in a bay along the Persian Gulf, putting out 500,000 barrels of crude per day from a network of wells drilled through man-made islands, the world’s largest oil company said Monday.  More »
The Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas.

Motiva Port Arthur refinery shuts down after power outage

The Port Arthur, Texas refinery lost power Sunday and there isn’t a timeline for restarting the plant, a person familiar with operations said.  More »
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Plains All American announces new Permian Basin pipeline

Plains All American Pipeline said Monday it will build a 310-mile, 20-inch pipeline to move crude oil across West Texas.  More »
Specialized tankers carry natural gas after it's chilled to a liquid state. It then is turned back into gas at its destination. (AP)

Houston hosts major gas conference amid debate over exports

Energy executives and global industry officials are preparing to open an annual liquefied natural gas summit in Houston amid a growing push by producers for government permission to increase exports of the abundant American resource.  More »
The Sakhalin Energy LNG tanker at a jetty in Russia. (Shell)

US oil boom threatens Russian crude exports

Crude oil exports from the Commonwealth of Independent States may drop 17 percent by 2040 as tight oil production in the U.S. soars, the Russian Academy of Sciences said in a presentation on its website.  More »
Wind turbines produce green energy in Nauen near Berlin, Germany. (Ferdinand Ostrop/AP)

Clean energy investment drops worldwide amid subsidy cuts

Clean energy investment slid 22 percent to its lowest level in four years as nations pared subsidies for technologies from wind turbines to solar power and financing in China and Brazil stalled.  More »
The Eirik Raude semi-submersible rig operates on the Jubilee Field offshore Ghana. (Photo: Tullow Oil)

Tullow falls after delaying oil well in Ethiopia for two months

Tullow Oil Plc (TLW), the U.K. explorer searching for Ethiopia’s first crude, fell to a four-month low in London trading after delaying the Sabisa well.  More »
Japan Earthquake

IAEA reviewing cleanup at damaged Japan nuke plant

The U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency Monday began reviewing the decommissioning process at Japan’s crippled nuclear plant, where new problems are triggering growing safety concerns about a cleanup expected to take decades.  More »
Chevron hired an investment banker to gauge buyer interest in its Hawaiian operations.
(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Chevron slapped with violation notice over spill

State regulators have slapped Chevron with a violation notice over a March fuel spill near a northern Utah bird refuge.  More »
A drilling rig works on Alaska's North Slope. (AP file photo/Al Grillo)

Alaska Legislature passes oil tax overhaul

The Alaska Legislature, on the last scheduled day of session Sunday, passed a multibillion-dollar oil tax cut in the hopes it will lead to more production.  More »
Marvin Odum, president of Shell Americas (Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle )

Shell promotes US natural gas by using it

As it looks to boost demand for bountiful natural gas, Royal Dutch Shell figures a good way to start is by using the fuel to power its own drilling rigs, ships and heavy trucks – with hopes of spurring others to make the same transition.  More »
Left to right, Ecuadorans Guillermo Grefa and Humberto Piaguaje stand with their legal team Steven Donziger and Pablo Fajardo before a news conference in San Francisco, Calif., in 2007. (File Photo:  San Francisco Chronicle)

Consultant’s flip-flop weakens pollution case against Chevron

Another player in the long-running, $19 billion pollution lawsuit against Chevron Corp. in Ecuador has switched sides — and accused former colleagues of hiding the truth.  More »
Deborah Aguila fills up her car at a gas station, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Summer relief at gas pumps

This spring, drivers are getting a bit of relief at the pump, as the nation’s average price at the pump has fallen 15 cents a gallon in the last month.  More »
ExxonMobil Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson (AP/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

Exxon CEO’s compensation rises 8 percent to $27.2M

Exxon Mobil Corp. gave its CEO $27.2 million in total compensation last year, an 8 percent increase as the oil giant posted its second-highest profit ever.  More »