Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #205 | February 6, 2019

This Week's News

“Execution” Is Taking The Hand-Off From “Imagineering” In Completions Logistics (Last Mile Panel Preview)

Infill Thinking will participate in the Petroleum Connection’s sold-out Frac Sand Industry Update conference in Houston on February 6. Our founder, Joseph Triepke, will moderate the last mile & logistics...

CNX Decides To Buy Frack Sand Direct From Wisconsin

Hi-Crush Partners, a frack sand vendor, announced yesterday they’ve cut a long-term deal to supply Northern White frack sand, which comes from Wisconsin, to CNX Resources for fracking Marcellus and...

Tough Times For Sand Miners

Remember the record year for energy industry IPOs in 2013? Sand miners accounted for three of the top 10 energy firms in equity value appreciation following public market debuts. This...

U.S. Silica By The Numbers

US Silica has operations throughout the US and operates two main business segments: 1) Industrial and Specialty Products mining and refining mineral products (i.e. sand, diatomaceous earth, clay and perlite)...

Several Issues Weighed On Eagle Materials' Results

Eagle Materials faced several headwinds in its fiscal third quarter, which negatively impacted results. Not only was it going up against a tough comparable period, as last year's fiscal third...

Athabasca Steps Further Into Frac Sand Space With Mine Acquisition

Aggregates company Athabasca Minerals has bought a second frac sand mine in Western Canada as part of a drive to become the largest in-basin proppant provider in the region. Athabasca’s...

PLG Consulting White Paper: Trends In The Trucking Industry indicate Another Challenging Year For Shippers

In March of 2018, PLG Consulting offered an insightful white paper and webinar highlighting the pronounced challenges that shippers faced in an extremely difficult trucking market. A few critical...

TxDOT Holding Workshops To Assess Truck Parking Availability, Highway Design Needs

TxDOT is conducting a Statewide Truck Parking Study and assessing current highway design and how it impacts the movement of freight in the state of Texas. A workshop is scheduled...

OmniTRAX Energy Names Renfro President

OmniTRAX Inc. announced yesterday that it appointed Justin Renfro president of OmniTRAX Energy Solutions. Previously senior vice president of business development at OES, Renfro is responsible for leading sales and...

Grain, Auto, Frac Sand Traffic Are Concerns For 2019 Traffic Outlook

Executives from the six publicly traded Class I railroads expect 2019 to be another solid year for traffic and revenue growth amid a relatively strong economy.

Heart Of Texas Railroad May Be Collateral Damage From The Brady Brown Shut Downs

The future of a piece of short line track has been jeopardized by the switch to local sand.

Railing Local Sand Within Basin – We Continue Along This Train Of Thought

A couple weeks ago, we broke in with exclusive details on the first ever intra-basin rail movements of locally-mined Permian frac sand. In this post we take the analysis a...

CN Building Strong Momentum Into 2019

CN today reported its financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2018. “I’m very pleased with our fourth quarter results and the strong finish...

Arrows Up Reports More Anticompetitive Litigation By US Silica

Arrows Up, LLC received a Plaintiff’s Petition in the SandBox Logistics, LLC v. Arrows Up, LLC case in the 334th Judicial District of Harris County demanding title to and possession...

IAC Completes First In-Basin Resin Coating Facility

Industrial Accessories Company has completed the first inbasin Resin Coating Facility in Monahans, TX. This Resin Coating Facility allows for enhanced oil recovery while significantly reducing the historically high...

Drilling Down: Oasis Petroleum Doubles Down On $1 Billion Permian Basin Purchase

Houston exploration and production company Oasis Petroleum is doubling down on drilling more than 20,000 acres of Permian Basin oil leases that it bought for nearly $1 billion.

Chesapeake, WildHorse Complete $3.98 Billion M&A Deal

Oklahoma oil and natural gas company Chesapeake Energy has completed a $3.98 billion deal to buy Houston exploration and production company WildHorse Resource Development Corp., the two companies announced early...

Well Highlights From Haynesville, Marcellus, & Williston

Three wells were completed in late 2018 by subsidiary Slawson Exploration Company in Mountrail County, North Dakota. They are among the top five performing Slawson wells in a five mile...

E&P Budget Revision Risk Bites

This week, a negative revision risk we’ve been highlighting surfaced in the form of a swing from growth to contraction. After digesting, we zoom out to look at US spending...

Schlumberger Is Rallying On Negative News, Sign Of A Bottom?

Schlumberger Limited reported a disappointing fourth quarter as operating income fell 16%. The company cited lower land activity in North America and seasonal weakness in their offshore segments as the...

Leach Delivers Needed Message About Midland’s Future

Concho’s Tim Leach has served notice to the rest of us in Midland. During his State of Oil and Gas address, the CEO told the largest crowd in the history...

Younger Geoscientists—Risk And Instinct

There has been plenty of public commentary about the loss of experienced older geoscientists and petroleum engineers simply due to aging. The graph below, from an internal Exxon study, shows...

Fastmarkets Expands Range Of Frac Sand Price Assessments

To better reflect the growing frac sand market in the United States, Fastmarkets is adding three new Northern White Sand price assessments to track the finer mesh sizes now being...

Study: Behavior Of Nitrogen In Frac Sand Waste Fines

Hydraulic fracturing is a major process for oil and natural gas production in the United States, and sand mines in Western Wisconsin provide highly desirable sand for the fracturing industry....

Terex Washing Systems Invests In North American Sales And Operations

Terex says that its Terex Washing Systems brand is investing in its North American sales and operational teams. Following the spend it will have 20 regional partners via 50 service...

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