Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #166 | May 9, 2018

This Week's News

Unimin Corporation & Fairmount Santrol, Upon Completion Of Merger, To Become Covia, A Leading Provider Of Proppants And Industrial Materials Solutions

Fairmount Santrol and Unimin Corporation (“Unimin”) announced today that following the close of their proposed merger (the “Merger”), the combined company will be known as Covia Holdings Corporation (“Covia”) and...

Shale Drillers Face New Test As Oil Tops $70 A Barrel

For the oil industry, $70 offers a test of wills. With benchmark U.S. crude prices crossing the $70 a barrel threshold on Monday, the shale drillers who helped upend global...

Oil, Gas Production Set Records In Texas, U.S.

Texas continues to lead the nation in oil and natural gas production, passing several milestones along the way.

Drilling Rig Count Jumps In Permian, But Not In Texas

The number rigs actively drilling for oil spiked yet again in the booming Permian Basin, but not in Texas. Instead, the growth came in the relatively smaller portion of the...

Bakken Making Its Push

If North American oil production were a race, the Permian Basin would, of course, have lapped everyone else in the field long ago. But in this theoretical competition, the Bakken...

Demand For Frac Sand Is “Insatiable”: Hi-Crush CEO

Hi-Crush Partners LP (ticker: HCLP) reported a Q1 2018 net income of $53.1 million, or $0.59 per diluted share. Revenues for the quarter totaled $218.1 million on sales of 2,617,627...

Hi-Crush Says Unbundled E&Ps Buy 33% Of Their Total Volume

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, three large frac sand companies hosted 1Q18 conference calls. Because most Infill Thinkers are too busy to study everything said, we are boiling down each...

Hi-Crush Partners Posts Higher Earnings Despite Sand Shipment Delays

No investor should expect a quarter to go perfectly. In the case of Hi-Crush Partners, the company had to deal with several issues related to getting its sand to customers....

Researcher Points To Legislative Fixes For Oilfield’s Crumbling Roads

Growing oil production is straining rural Texas roads, so much so that state lawmakers recently gathered for two days of hearings on the issue. One Texas energy researcher says there...

First Bauxite Ships New Ceramic Proppant To US

Mining junior First Bauxite has completed industrial-scale trials of production of ceramic proppants, and has already shipped 800 tonnes of high-strength ceramic proppant to the United States, the company reported...

$2.2 Million Tunnel Helps Clayton, Iowa Frac Sand Company Keep Pace With Demand

$2.2 million tunnel helps Clayton, Iowa frac sand company keep pace with demand

During Our Twin Eagle Site Visit In South Texas, We Learned About A Strategic Pivot To Adapt To In-Basin Sand

Several weeks ago, Infill Thinking’s research team had an opportunity to visit the Twin Eagle Mission Park transload terminal near Elmendorf, Texas. In this post, check out our drone photos...

Ground Was Broken Friday In West Salem On A New Repair Facility For Large Mining Equipment

Wisconsin Lift Truck is getting ready to build a 15,000 square foot facility to service railcar movers, as well as things like lift trucks and aerial equipment.

Proven Design Build Success Of Frac Sand Plants In Less Than 8 Months.

Adelphi Construction LC, owned by Industrial Accessories Company (IAC), recently completed the build of two frac sand facilities in central Texas. IAC was contracted to design/build two 3.0+ MMTPY Frac...

It’s official. We discuss… this is a developing story and we’ll be adding updates to this post as we learn more today.

From What We Are Hearing, This Would Be A Great Weekend To Revisit This In-Depth Petition Primer…

Admittedly, predicting the timing of the DSL listing petition has proven difficult. That said, we suggest readers revisit this in-depth guide over the weekend to be braced for come what...

Rockies Plays: Big Data Is A Big Deal

Four technology roundtable speakers at Hart Energy’s recent DUG Rockies Conference & Exhibition agreed that big data is making a big deal for operators and, ultimately, the oil and gas...

Sand Min­ing Ban Heads To Court

Winona County, Minnesota’s only county to ban the mining of silica sand for use by the oil and gas industry in hydraulic fracturing, goes to court today to defend the...

Judge Invalidates Western Wisconsin Sand Mine Permits

Wisconsin environmental regulators improperly gave a company in Georgia permission last year to destroy wetlands to make way for a sand-processing plant, a judge ruled on Friday.

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