Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #194 | November 21, 2018

This Week's News

Pioneer, Covia Shuttering Central Texas Sand Mines

Dallas-based Pioneer Natural Resources said Thursday it will shutter its Central Texas sand mine in Brady because of the surge in competition from new mines in West Texas' Permian Basin.

The Brady Brown Mothballing Epidemic Spreads

Over the weekend, we wrote about the closures at Covia's Voca plants, which were subsequently announced by the company. But that's not all... the Brady mothballing trend has escalated further...

Pioneer To Move To All West Texas Sand In 2019

Pioneer Natural Resources is closing its sand mine in Brady, Texas as the company transitions proppant supply to West Texas sand sources, the company announced Nov. 15.

Covia Idles More Frac Sand Capacity While Demand, Prices Slip

US frac sand demand has been declining since July this year, Jennifer Deckard Covia's chief executive said, following the company's decision to idle capacity in Texas.

Drive Time Analysis From Atlas' Kermit Facility To Delaware And Midland Basins

Not all frac sand mines are created equal. It is capable of handling ~600 trucks per day in the congested Permian.

Wolfcamp Play Has Been Key Driver In Permian's Growing Oil, Gas Production

The Wolfcamp shale play has been a key driver of growing oil and gas production in West Texas' booming Permian Basin oil field, according to the Energy Department.

New Details On An Eagle Ford Local Sand Project After Catching Up With Management...

We recently caught up with the management team behind a permit we found back in August to learn about this new Eagle Ford project. Login to learn exclusive details about...

Will The 'Next Permian' Ever Be Developed?

The Vaca Muerta Shale Basin in Argentina is the only unconventional play outside of North America where activity has already made the transition from exploration to full-scale development. The potential...

Fuller And Fewer Rail Cars Help Bring Down Delivered Cost Of Frac Sand

Thousands of tons of frac sand can be consumed developing a single petroleum well. One rail car carries about 120 tons of sand suggesting that dozens of rail cars of...

Record DUC Wells Equals Record Frac Sand Demand

Drilled Uncompleted Wells are reaching record levels according to the EIA. August of 2018 added another 238 DUC wells in the major basins to reach a record 8,269 drilled uncompleted...

The Evolution Of Last Mile Logistics

Today, we thought it'd be interesting to take a look at a timeline of the last mile S-Curve shift. The result was interesting.

Demand For Frac Sand Prompts Investigation Of North Dakota Sand Resources

With the United States oil and gas industry experiencing substantial growth, demand for frac sand has continued to rise; the increasing amount of sand employed per well, combined with longer...

Managing Frac Sand Inventory Enables New Process Efficiency

In the frac sand world, sand is currency and inventory is your money in the bank. Careful management of inventory can create operating efficiencies resulting in cost savings. Keeping an...

US Silica Could Rally Alongside Crude

We wrote about this stock back in May when we encouraged investors to wait for a swing before going long. As the chart shows below, though, shares of U.S. Silica...

Is This Energy Stock's 76% Decline Since June An Overreaction?

It was pretty much assumed that Covia Holdings wasn't going to have a great third-quarter earnings report. Even though the combination of Fairmount Santrol and Unimin meant a larger, more...

EOG Targets Lower Costs As It Improves Inventory

In U.S. shale plays, where increasing efficiency is among the unofficial mantras, EOG Resources Inc. is on a mission to drive down costs as the company improves the quality of...

Construction At Former Ormet Site Delayed

At the Long Ridge Energy Terminal in Hannibal, Ohio River Partners has extended the completion timeline for the new power plant.

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