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Chevron orders three new rigs from Transocean for Thai drilling

Chevron Corp. (CVX), the second-largest U.S. energy company by market value, ordered three new shallow- water drilling rigs from Transocean Ltd. (RIG) that will be used in Thailand exploration projects starting in 2013.  More »
The Ensco 8501 semi-submersible rig in the Gulf of Mexico (Jennifer A. Dlouhy/Houston Chronicle)

Post-moratorium high for Louisiana OCS active rigs

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Scott Angelle says 38 rigs were actively drilling in Louisiana Outer Continental Shelf waters in the most recent weekly count.  More »
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Afren announces oil discovery off Nigeria coast

Afren PLC says it has discovered a new oil find just off Nigeria’s southern coast.  More »
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Oil climbs above $100 in Asia amid Iran tensions

Oil climbed above $100 a barrel today in Asia after Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest exporter of the commodity, indicated it thinks prices should be maintained around that level.  More »
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ConocoPhillips seeks oil sands partners. Chevron searching from two workers after rig fire. Anadarko finds more gas in Mozambique.  More »
This aerial photo shows an oil sands mine facility near Fort McMurray, in Alberta, Canada. The proposed Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil sands crude from projects in Alberta to refineries along the Gulf Coast. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh, File)

Lack of pipelines drives price gap between Brent and WTI Index

The price differences between Brent crude oil and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil market prices are the result of a shortage of U.S. pipeline capacity and will continue to increase, according to energy pricing consultants.  More »

ConocoPhillips seeking partner for oil sands assets

Houston-based ConocoPhillips is searching for a partner to buy 50 percent of its Canadian oil sands assets, according to a Reuters story.  More »
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Three Euro companies to bid on Anadarko’s Brazilian business

Three European oil companies are preparing to bid on Anadarko’s Brazilian offshore exploration business, according to London’s Financial Times  More »
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Direct Energy moving its corporate headquarters to Houston

Direct Energy, a national supplier of electricity, natural gas and related services, has announced plans to move its corporate headquarters to Houston from Toronto in the next 12 to 18 months.  More »
Jack  Gerard, CEO American Petroleum Institute during an editorial board interview on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, in Houston. (James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle)

API takes Keystone XL case to South Carolina

API President Jack Gerard’s speech in the state hosting the next presidential primary highlights the group’s heightened lobbying and political efforts, especially on the Keystone XL pipeline, in key states ahead of the 2012 election.  More »
This undated file photo shows the Trident 8 oil rig in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. Militant youths took hostage dozens of oil workers, including at least eight foreigners, at a drilling rig off the coast of West Africa, but released them all, Shell Oil said. (AP Photo/HO, Shell)

Poorest nations host biggest gas finds

One of the world’s poorest regions is also home to the biggest natural-gas discoveries in a decade, luring investors from steel billionaire Lakshmi Mittal to Royal Dutch Shell Plc. (RDSA)  More »
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Electric plants shift from coal to natural gas

The huge, belching smokestacks of electric power plants have long symbolized air pollution woes. But a shift is under way: More and more electric plants around the nation are being fueled by natural gas, which is far cleaner than coal, the traditional fuel.  More »