Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #152 | January 31, 2018

This Week's News

Unconventional Optimism Continues For Frac Sand Logistics

US onshore oilfield services companies received positive signs from the equity markets this month. Liberty Oilfield Services’ (“LBRT”) initial public offering performance showed promise for the hydraulic fracturing market; up 5% to $22.93. A week later, Vista Proppants...

Increased Oil And Gas Drilling Faces Frac Sand Shortage

A resurgence in Oil and Gas drilling is underway in Texas and other parts of the country but there’s a shortage of a key material needed to frac wells -- SAND! And not just any...

Fracking Sand Shortage Leads To New Texas Sand Mines

A resurgence in oil and gas drilling is underway in Texas, but drillers are running short of sand. It’s a certain grade of sand that’s needed, and most of it comes from Minnesota and Wisconsin. Because of the shortages, companies are now mining West Texas sand...

Sand, Water And Horsepower: Welcome To The Year Of The Frac

Oil companies are on track to produce a record 10 million barrels of American crude a day, a milestone that could be reached as soon as February largely due to another record that is expected to fall in coming months...

Exxon Mobil Plans To Triple Permian Production, Invest $2 Billion In West Texas

Exxon Mobil said Tuesday it plans to triple its oil and gas production in west Texas' booming Permian Basin as part of its heightened emphasis on U.S. growth. The country's largest energy company said it aims to grow its Permian production to 600,000 barrels a day...

Permian In-Basin Frac Sand Plant Operating Trends

We analyze operating data to establish some initial operating benchmarks as the Permian Basin frac sand suppliers transition from construction mode to production mode...

Hydraulically Fractured Horizontal Wells Account For Most New Oil And Natural Gas Wells

In 2016, hydraulically fractured horizontal wells accounted for 69% of all oil and natural gas wells drilled in the United States and 83% of the total linear footage drilled. The combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing has increased...

Are US Frac Sand Carloads Peaking? Big Rail Execs Eye In-Basin Sand For Both Risks & Opportunities

Along with earnings last week, Union Pacific reported that their minerals volume increased 71% in the quarter, driven by an increase of over 100% in sand shipments due to improving well completions and increased proppant intensity per well...

Northern White Sand Demand To Ease On Permian – Rail Boss Says

Canadian National Railway has seen revenues from frac sand shipping boom, while Wisconsin and Minnesota sand heads north, Union Pacific warns of "uncertainty" and Texas finds local supplies...

Odessa Seeks To Curb Truck Traffic

The City of Odessa is preparing to ramp up enforcement of a new truck routes ordinance aimed at curbing most semi-truck traffic within the city limits at a time when police and transportation officials report a surge in...

Bonanza Creek Outlines Plans For Colorado Fields, South Arkansas Not Mentioned

Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc., has announced a number of developments regarding its preliminary fourth quarter operational results and its 2018 budget...

U.S. Onshore Costs Making Deepwater Attractive

Offshore – dead and buried, thanks to onshore shale? Not quite. The oil field services world moves fast. Data from the Energent team in Houston indicates that consumption of sand for hydraulic fracturing in the onshore U.S. market hit new highs of over...

Within A Week, The Lights Will Be On Above 16mmtpa Of Permian In-Basin Frac Sand Capacity

Things are happening in the Permian basin frac sand story and this is the place to get the latest.

Smaller Operators Push Bakken Output Outward

For years, large public companies have produced crude oil in North Dakota largely in an area known as “the core of the core” of the Bakken shale play...

ELDisruption – E-Logs Are Reverberating Through The Oilfield, And It’s Not Even Hard Enforcement Yet…

Two months before ELD phase-in last year, we called on industry contacts to help illuminate the risk posed to oilfield activity by this new regulation. The results foretold significant adverse impacts in the already tight oilfield hauling business...

North America E&Ps To Focus On Capital Discipline

Having worked to improve drilling and completions, as well as right-size asset portfolios, North American exploration and production companies are expected to enter 2018 focused on delivering rewards to shareholders...

Winona County Anti-Frac Sand Group Confident Ban Will Hold Up In Appellate Court

Winona County’s Land Stewardship Project is continuing its support of Winona County’s frac sand mining ban as a mining group appeals its case to nullify the ban to the higher court...

UK Anti-Fracking Campaigns Step Up Plans For Meetings And “Targeted Resistance”

Opponents of fracking are intensifying their campaign against the shale gas industry across northern England.In Lancashire, the United Resistance group, launched this week, is promising three months of non-violent...

Senator Carlos Uresti's Federal Fraud Trial Has (Finally) Begun

Texas Senator Carlos Uresti’s trial, in which he is facing 11 counts of money laundering and fraud, kicked off Monday morning in a packed federal courthouse in downtown San Antonio. If convicted, the lawmaker...

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