Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Pete Cook, Editor

Issue #189 | October 17, 2018

This Week's News

Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference – Nearly Here! Registration Closing. No On-Site Registration

We are only a week away from the 7th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics in San Antonio! Due to capacity limitations at the resort, we will not be allowing...

Pipeline Bottlenecks Could Create Oversupply Of Sand

An increase of locally produced sand could contribute to an excess supply, affecting mine revenues, whenever drilling activity reduces its pace due to the logistics of bottlenecks in the Permian...

This Week In Frac Sand, Divergent Datapoints Reveal A Tale Of Two Cities

Our channel checks reveal that the pain being felt by Northern frac sand producers continues to escalate at a rapid pace. Read the latest developments in the supply stack disruption...

Wisconsin Frac Sand Under Pressure From Rival Products

Competing with mines unearthing cheaper-to-ship sand in Texas, the frac-sand-mining company Hi-Crush recently announced it would be idling part of its plant on Highway Q in Whitehall.

Drop In Frac Sand Demand Causes Some Midwestern Mines To Idle Production

Some Midwestern frac sand mines have been temporarily idled due to competition and logistics, the La Crosse Tribune reports. They’re feeling the pain of all the new frac sand mines...

Winds Of Change: A New Strategic Focus At Preferred Sands

As many readers know by now, there have been rumblings about some big changes happening at the company in recent days. We have learned more about what has transpired and...

Vista To Build Frac Sand Mine In Oklahoma

Vista Proppants and Logistics, LLC is developing a frac sand mine in Oklahoma, the company announced Oct. 10. Vista’s 1- to-1.5 million tons-per-year frac sand mine northeast of Fay, Oklahoma...

Select Sands Announces Temporary Furlough At Sandtown

Select Sands Corp. announced today that it has placed 26 employees at its Arkansas operations on temporary furlough until further notice. This necessary step results from the current industry-wide...

Layoffs At Superior Silica; Cheap Texas Sand Creates Oversupply

A drop in demand for Barron County’s supply of frac sand, coming at the same time as a rise in global crude oil prices, has resulted in a new set...

In Other News… NWS Trials & Tribulations, Permian Storm Clouds, Vista Is OK, DJ Basin Gap, & The West Texas “Extraction Colony”

In addition to the deeper Infill Thinking research updates published this week, a few other quick hits crossed our desk that are worthy of comment. So here are four short...

Andersons, Lansing Trade Group To Merge

The two U.S. grain firms that jointly own Ontario grain handler and processor Thompsons Ltd. are taking their relationship to the next level.

Pattison Sand Lands $835,000 From Iowa DOT

More than $800,000 in funding from the Iowa Department of Transportation will help a Clayton County company retain jobs and move forward with a railroad project.

Promoters Of $1.4 Billion Railroad In Utah’s Oil Country Want State Help

Uinta Basin officials are pushing a project they say could quintuple oil production here, bring higher prices and create 27,000 jobs.

Peru, Illinois Provides Update On Road Project, Impacting Frac Sand Logistics

Peru city engineer Eric Carls gave an update Monday night on a project to extend Unytite Drive to connect Donlar Avenue to Plank Road.

UTPB Professor Studies Ways To Optimize Hydraulic Fracturing

As Permian Basin oil and gas operators seek to optimize production in their wells by better determining the “sweet spots,” the University of Texas of the Permian Basin is looking...

Mexican Energy Secretary Reminds Legislators Of Fracking's Long History In Country

Mexico has used hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for considerably more than half a century, and the technique is currently applied to about one in five conventional oil and gas wells, Energy...

Fracking To Restart In England After Last-Minute Legal Bid Fails

The first fracking in England for seven years will start on Saturday, the shale gas company Cuadrilla has confirmed, after campaigners lost a last-minute legal challenge to block the operations.

Oman’s Oil And Gas Industry Looks To Replace Imported Frac Sand With Local Materials

Oman is looking to replace imported frac sand – a special quality sand used in hydraulic fracturing process in the oil and gas fields – with locally available materials, and...

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