Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #201 | January 9, 2019

This Week's News

U.S. Silica Buys Carbo Ceramics’ Proppant Plant In Georgia

Houston-area frac sand company U.S. Silica has closed on a $23 million deal to buy a Georgia plant that was used to make ceramics proppants for the hydraulic fracturing process.

Silver Creek Services Expected To Acquire Wisconsin White Sand Plant

Jeffery Steven Stone is a Managing Partner at New York City’s Eurasian Capital, LLC. Eurasian Capital provides investment banking services. The firm specializes in capital raising, mergers and acquisitions,...

I Am Getting The Sand Quality I Am Paying For, Right?

The year is winding down, and the frac sand world has been chaotic in 2018. The year started with major demand for frac sand and sand mines all over the...

Northern White Sand Or In-Basin Sand?

Just when it seemed like the entire industry made the switch to regional sand, the discussion around the differences between in-basin sand and Northern White Sand have re-emerged. On LinkedIn...

Shifting Sands

While hydraulic fracturing traces its roots as far back as 1947 with Stanolind Oil and Gas engineer Floyd Farris’s unsuccessful trial, and George Mitchell’s revival of the process in the...

Don’t Miss Our (Free) Inaugural Frac Sand Webinar!

The Petroleum Connection’s inaugural webinar is scheduled for January 15! Join us for a webinar presented by Industrial Accessories Group to learn how to “Future Proof Your Frac Sand Plant”....

Emerge Energy Services LP Announces Sand Supply Agreement With Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Emerge Energy Services LP today announced that its subsidiary Superior Silica Sands LLC has signed a new agreement with Chesapeake Energy Corporation covering frac sand supplied from Superior's San Antonio...

U.S. Silica's SandBox Unit Awarded Last-Mile Logistics Agreement with Chesapeake Energy

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA) announced today that SandBox Logistics™, its industry leading last-mile containerized solution, has been awarded a full-service agreement for multiple crews with Chesapeake Energy, starting this...

Hi-Crush Reports Second Kermit Facility Completed On Time And Under Budget

Sand volumes down YOY and sequentially Frac sand producers are feeling the recent oil price decline, according to an update from Hi-Crush Partners.

Hi-Crush Is Getting Stronger During The Market Downturn

Hi-Crush Partners LP has seen its stock price decimated along with the overall market recently. Actually, it is a positive that, while frac sand players suffered from temporary oversupply issues...

3 Things Hi-Crush Partners' Management Thinks You Should Know

For the past several months, frack sand producer Hi-Crush Partners has been hinting at some major changes to its business -- from its decision to pay a huge distribution, to...

Arrows Up Appeals Anticompetitive Ruling As Business Operations Expand

Jan 3, 2019--Arrows Up, LLC has appealed the ruling in SandBox Logistics, LLC v. Arrows Up, LLC, No. 2016-03483 in the 334th Judicial District of Harris County. The company was...

Smart Sand Sues Schlumberger Over Frac Sand Offtake Breach

US frac sand miner Smart Sand is taking Schlumberger to court over allegedly failing to honor a take-or-pay offtake deal. In a document filed in Harris County, Texas, on January...

Smart Sand Stands By Their Word On Contract Enforcement. Sues Schlumberger

Well, you’ve got to hand it to this CEO for being a man of his word. We break down the latest contract news in the oilfield service space as things...

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YEAR IN REVIEW 2018: Frac Sand

North America remained the focus of the global fracking industry in 2018, as relatively robust oil and gas prices spurred on shale projects and drove demand for frac sand. The...

Oil Watchers See $70 A Barrel In 2019 As Recession Fears Fade

The world’s biggest banks are reckoning on a rebound in oil prices next year as fears of a recession prove misplaced. The Brent benchmark will average $70 a barrel in...

Global Drilling And Well Services Activity Sees An Upswing

Since the industry’s all-time low in 2016, field service activities have rebounded and are expected to grow at an average annual rate of 4 percent towards 2021. This is in...

Hydraulic Fracturing: Locking In Efficiencies

The saying “good enough is the enemy of perfection” is meant to convey the idea of never settling for good enough. The North American hydraulic fracturing industry represents the epitome...

Chevron’s Shale Chief Oversees Big Bet On Permian

Jeff Gustavson is a Chevron executive holding the unfortunately named title of vice president of the Mid-Continent business unit. That may read like corporate jargon or even gobbledygook, but Gustavson...

A Look Forward - What To Expect From The Upstream Oil And Gas Market In 2019

Volatility continued to impact oil and gas markets in 2018. The industry was marked by the US claiming the title of world's top oil producer, in part thanks to the...

It’s Early, But Here Are The Most Important Things Oilfield Service Customers Have Said About 2019

Equally as important as the 2019 spending program figures being released this season is the accompanying management commentary. In fact, this is actually more important than the headline numbers in...

In Other News… People On The Move, Permian Fire & Ice, Frac Contract Reveal, Debt Covenant Compromise, & Oilfield Survey Takeaways…

In addition to the deeper Infill Thinking research updates published this week, a few other quick hits crossed our desk that are worth a mention. So here are five short...

Jordan Sands Promotes Chris Passauer To Vice President Sales & Logistics

Jordan Sands, an industrial sand mining and processing operation based in North Mankato, has named Chris Passauer as Vice President Sales & Logistics. In his new role, Passauer will help...

Falling Oil Prices Mar Frac Sand Outlook

Frac sand markets in the the United States are going into 2019 in a state of uncertainty, with a falling oil price and increased production marring a previously positive picture....

Oil Growth To Stall In The Other Texas Shale Patch In 2019

Drillers in the Eagle Ford, Texas’s other shale oil patch, will likely scale back activity in 2019 as lower crude prices eat into cash flows. Production has already started slowing....

Budget Exhaustion Gave Fracing The Flu, But Drilling Didn’t Even Catch A Cold

After much hand wringing over the budget exhaustion trend, onshore drilling escaped relatively unscathed into the new year. We discuss that and what’s next…

Patent Trade And Appeal Board Prepares To Convene Its First Precedential Opinion Panel To Address Frac Sand Issue

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board is preparing for its first instance of the newly created Precedential Opinion Panel. Proppant Express Invs., LLC v. Oren Techs., LLC, IPR2018-00914, Paper 24....

2018’s Bad Guys In Energy

I report herein on 2018’s parade of reprobates, rapscallions and others generally lacking in moral hygiene. We reflect on a mother’s love, corruption in Venezuela, a disloyal employee, stealing...

Sand Mine Underground Visitor Center

Call us provincial, but we'd never heard of an underground sand mine before (most sand mining is conducted above ground or in pits). Someone was thoughtful enough to create a...

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