Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Pete Cook, Editor

Issue #198 | December 19, 2018

This Week's News

Maybe Regional Sand Is Not 'Good Enough' After All!

When performance is averaged, characteristic decline curves indicative of the quality of propane used become clear. North white wells peak at the same level but maintain higher production longer due...

Four Levers In-Basin Mines Can Pull To Lower Opex/Ton

In-basin mine operators faced with price pressure quickly turn their attention to driving down operating costs per ton. This can be a real challenge when operating in a tough environment,...

NSSGA Works With NISA To Create New Industrial Sand Division Of NSSGA

On Dec. 14, 2018, the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association announced that it has reached an agreement with the National Industrial Sand Association to create a new Industrial Sand...

Still More Sand: Meet The New Kid On The Eagle Ford Block

Interested in the new entrants that are flying below the radar in the completions supply chain? Well... you've come to the right place. We've unearthed another new frac sand project...

Frac Sand Mines Available In Kermit

Those interested in opening a frac sand mine (or existing mines looking for additional capacity) should be aware of two opportunities in Kermit, Texas.

What Industry Leaders Expect For 2019

By all measures, most of 2018 has been an improvement on 2017, which was markedly better than 2016. And yet, it hasn't taken much to remind industry professionals of how...

Rystad Energy: Five Things You Did Not Know About Supermajors In The Permian

It has become evident by now that supermajors Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell are serious about long-term aggressive development of unconventional reservoirs in the Permian Basin.

DUCs Have Doubled Since The EIA Began Tracking Them

In this week's weekly rig count update, we take a look at trends in DUC inventory...

Permian Producers Become 'Victims Of Their Own Success'

The prolific Permian basin, which stretches across much of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico, continues to lead the U.S. shale expansion. In June 2018, American crude exports soared to...

Who Bought The Black Mountain Silos? A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words...

While there has been quite a bit of speculation over the buyer since we first reported the divestiture back in early-November, this is the first official confirmation. After making an...

Mammoth Energy's Frac Sand Mining Costs Are Among The Best In The Industry

Mammoth Energy has seen its share price fall with the rest of its peers in the oil & gas sector due to lower commodity prices and overall market weakness. But,...

People On The Move: A Notable Completions Supply Chain Hire & A Second Order Disruptive Threat From Direct Sourcing

In this update, we shine a spotlight on the latest high profile "talent swing" in the completions supply chain...

Rick Tabish To Anaconda: Slag-To-Proppant Plant Still On, Maybe

A much-ballyhooed slag processing plant planned for Anaconda is still in the works, despite a lack of activity so far at the site, says Rick Tabish, the project's main backer...

Oil, Gas Industry Discovers Innovative Solutions To Environmental Concerns

Energy companies are faced with myriad challenges when working to produce oil and gas. The costs to do so are in the millions of dollars, the environments in which they...

Athabasca Minerals Inc. Acquires 49.2% Interest In The Montney In-Basin Frac Sand Project

Athabasca Minerals Inc. has purchased 49.2% ownership of a private Alberta corporation that owns the Montney In-Basin frac sand project located in the vicinity of Dawson Creek and Fort St...

Frac Sand Producers Spent Millions And Filled Wetlands For Now Underused Rail Yards

In 2016, the startup frac sand producer Smart Sand began construction on a state-of-the-art rail yard along the Union Pacific line in Monroe County, claiming it is the largest private...

Fed Gov't Gives $20M Grant To Monroe, OH Shale-To-Rail Project

We suppose if the money we pay in taxes to the federal government is going to be used for corporate welfare, this is the kind of welfare we'd like to...

Court Rules Company's Sand 'Not Property'

A legal team known for defending property rights contends the Minnesota Court of Appeals failed to uphold a mining company's Fifth Amendment rights when it determined a lease to mine...

First Nation Next To Planned Fracking Sand Mine Says Environmental Concerns 'Have Already Been Dealt With'

The chief of a Manitoba First Nation adjacent to a future frack sand mine says his community's leadership doesn't share environmental concerns raised by others about the development.

Hollow Water Chief Defends Frac Sand Mine Project Near Manitoba Reserve

The Chief of Hollow Water First Nation is defending a planned silica frack sand operation immediately adjacent to the Manitoba reserve on the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg and dismissing...

McCloskey International Picks Up The Pace

On the first day of our visit to Northern Ireland the HUB-4 team visited McCloskey International at Moor Road in Coalisland. McCloskey International is the world's largest independent manufacturer of...

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