Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #157 | March 7, 2018

This Week's News

In-Basin Frac Sand Adoption Is Now In Full Swing, Held Up Only By Availability

We have sorted through 1,000+ pages of E&P conference call transcripts to come up with the most important things customers are saying about frac sand...

In-Basin Sand Report: New Winkler Mines Change Frac Sand Landscape

New sand mines are changing frac sand pricing and logistics dynamics. The mines are concentrated in and around Winkler county in the heart of the Permian Basin...

The First Truckloads Just Shipped From The 6th Permian Frac Sand Plant

Industry sources tell Infill Thinking that [NAME REDACTED] mine’s first truckloads are rolling out from their new frac sand plant near Monahans as you read this update...

Preferred Sands Announces Commercial Opening To Serve Eagle Ford Shale

Preferred Proppants, LLC (“Preferred Sands”) announced that it has commenced commercial operations at its Atascosa sand mine and facility, marking another milestone as the Company continues...

Hexion Completes Canadian Proppant Manufacturing Plant Expansion

The Oilfield Technology Group (OTG) of Hexion Inc. (Hexion) today announced the completion of its resin coated proppant manufacturing plant expansion in Canada. This expansion...

Dragon Products Introduces Sand Force To Frac Sand Delivery Trailers

Dragon Products, energy and industrial equipment manufacturer, has introduced Sand Force™, a double drop, bottom discharge trailer-mounted sand delivery trailer. Specifically designed for frac...

More Sand In The Uinta, Eagle Ford And Haynesville; And Last Mile Developments

Things are happening fast in the oilfield / sandpatch right now. In addition to the Infill Thinking research updates published this week, some third-party stories crossed our desk that are worthy of passing along...

High Roller Sand Resumes The Ramp Up

Shortly after pressing send on an early-February 2018 edition of the Infill Thinking newsletter, we hit the road in Odessa bound for a visit to High Roller Sand’s Kermit frac...

US Shale Oil Output Is Surging. Here's What Will Keep The Boom Going

The oil industry is gathering in Houston for one of the biggest energy conferences of the year, and the question that will loom over CERAWeek by IHS Markit is just how fast can U.S. oil production grow?

Plant Construction Updates, A Last Mile Evaluation, A 500 Truck-Per-Day Milestone, And More…

This is our fourth installment of Permian Points – quick notes from our time on the road in West Texas in February...

BOOM Times For Us Shale Oil Production, Frac Sand

Drivers in the oilfield lead a rugged existence — they might work a rotation of three weeks on, one week off, and rely on truck-stop bathrooms for washing when they are on the road — but it has its rewards. Employers are offering $100,000 per...

Halliburton's Fracking Fleet Surges As Drillers Bring On Production

Halliburton Co., the world's largest fracking company, has grown its fleet of pressure pumping equipment by 700,000 horsepower over the past year, a giant growth spurt that comes as U.S. drillers pump more...

A New Proppant Design Is Stimulating The Completions Status Quo

Improvements in how sand moves affect EURs The Oilfield Tech and Innovation Conference in Dallas was host to many companies who are challenging the status quo in various sectors of...

UPB Prof Invents Proppant-Related Process To Capture Greenhouse Gas

Dr. Matthew Kropf from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has invented a process that could capture the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide that is produced when natural gas is burned and...

Oil States Grows US Shale Service Offerings With Acquisition

Oil States International Inc. is expanding its well completions business in key U.S. shale plays with an $85 million acquisition of Falcon Flowback Services LLC, the Houston-based company said Feb. 28...

NexGen Mining Positioned For Growth After The Finalized Sale Of Its Frac Sand Assets

As a result of the sale of the Company’s frac sand assets, NexGen Mining is in a financially strong position and are currently evaluating advanced stage precious and strategic metal projects. “Returning to the core of our business is a natural evolution of our Company. The sale of our frac...

The Tax “Bottom Line” – Property And Sales Tax Opportunities For The Permian Sand Rush

On a brand new industrial frontier in the West Texas dunes, tax nuance can be an afterthought. The focus has been on the land grab, plant construction, securing contracts, competition, etc. On top of that...

Exemption For Frac Company That Wants To Build In Monroe County Hits Snag In Wisconsin Senate

Environmental exemptions that would clear the way for a Georgia company to build a $70 million frac sand processing plant in western Wisconsin that environmentalists oppose hit a snag Wednesday in the state Senate...

Engineered Proppant To Challenge Status Quo

The instruction for customers in the old West Texas print shop was direct: good, fast, cheap. Pick two. That guideline applies to proppant selection in multistage fracturing. The majority of E&P companies are choosing “cheap” as the...

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