Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #154 | February 14, 2018

This Week's News

A 2nd New Eagle Ford Sand Mine Surfaces In As Many Days…

We examine the news of a second Eagle Ford frac sand mine, the second this week and it’s only Tuesday.

US Will Be A Net Energy Exporter By 2022, Four Years Sooner Than Expected, Energy Department Says

The United States is on pace to export more energy products than it imports by 2022 as oil and natural gas production from the nation's shale fields keep booming and domestic energy demand remains...

New Rail Terminal Opened In Louisiana To Support Proppant Transport For Shale

Shale Support Holdings, LLC, a leading provider of frac sands and logistical solutions to the oil and gas proppant market, has announced its newest exclusive terminal located in Gibsland, La.

E&P Operator Announces A New Vertically Integrated 2mmtpa Frac Sand Mine For The Eagle Ford / Austin Chalk

Here’s what you need to know about the latest frac sand mine. Is this news the beginning of more E&Ps vertically integrating in-basin sand with either purchases of in-basin mines or raw acreage...

Super-Size Me – With Vest Halfway Ramped Up, Black Mountain Ups The Ante Again

We met with Black Mountain’s management team on location in the Permian Basin last week. During our mine tour, we learned exclusive details about the company’s recent operational performance...

U.S. Silica Announces Price Increases On Industrial And Specialty Products

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. said today that its Industrial and Specialty Products business has increased prices for the majority of its non-contracted silica sand, cool roof granule, aplite...

Hexion Announces First Mobile Permian Basin Resin Coating Plant

The Oilfield Technology Group (OTG) of Hexion Inc. today announced its new Voyager mobile resin coating service. Initially located in the Permian basin, the innovative Voyager service is the first mobile manufacturing solution that provides...

A Permian Door Opens As A Brady Door Closes

Exclusive details about the Brady plant closing and what’s next for its owner. Hint, everything on wheels is headed to the Permian…

Pumping Services Should Pump up Halliburton

Expected proppant savings should also support pressure-pumping pricing as operators rely more heavily on local silica sand in the Permian Basin, Eagle Ford Shale and the Haynesville Shale...

Hess Sees Gains In Bakken With New Completion Design

A new completion design with 60 sliding sleeve stages and proppant loading of 140,000 pounds per stage is boosting EUR rates by as much as 15% in the Bakken shale play for Hess Corp...

Universal Starts Pumping In-Basin Sand; Sees E&Ps Testing And Adopting It, Not Rejecting It…

Check out what Patterson-UTI management said about local sand usage last week…

Carbo Ceramics: A Review Of Trajectory In Recovery

Carbo Ceramics manufactures and sells proppants used primarily in the hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells. Sales fell precipitously as oil prices dropped, and many customers stopped using the product, instead relying on massive loads of...

Claim Post Announces Appointment of Chief Operating Officer

Claim Post Resources Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Robert (Bob) D. Archibald as Chief Operating Officer of the Company...

Infill Thinking’s Permian Points Part 1: In-Basin Sand Spot Pricing Discussion & The Race For Seventh Place

In addition to taking it all in from the West Texas roads this week, we’ve met with management at four in-basin sand mines, two OFS firms, and a regional transportation alliance...

GN Solids Developed Pneumatic Slurry Transferring Vacuum Pump

GN Solids Control developed a widely used pump which is a powerful pneumatic slurry transfer vacuum pump. The vacuum pump can be used to convey drilling cuttings, drilling mud, waste solids...

In 2018, Shale Is Undersupplied

A familiar thread is once again weaving through the stories, conversations and descriptions of the current shale space. We’ve experienced it before, back when oil prices were above $90/b and reaching total depth on a horizontal well took a...

New Breed Of Fracking Earthquakes Sends Warning To Drillers

The oil prospectors of Oklahoma, it appeared, finally had a solution to their earthquake problem...

Canadian Shale Boom Triggers Quakes In Alberta Town

In the Western Alberta town of Fox Creek, roughnecks shuffle through hotel lobbies, freight trucks choke slushy streets and, every once in a while, tremors shake the earth...

U.S. Judge Says ‘Telling Evidence’ Against Uresti, Denies Request To Acquit

Senior U.S District Judge David Ezra denied requests by lawyers for state Sen. Carlos Uresti and co-defendant Gary Cain to acquit the two men accused...

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