Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Pete Cook, Editor

Issue #206 | February 13, 2019

This Week's News

Sideline Stuff: Market Intel That Matters From Our Conversations With Industry Folks This Week

This week in Houston, we attended and participated in the sold-out frac sand and logistics conference. As usual, Pete Cook and his team at Petroleum Connection did a tremendous job...

Select Materials Acquires Columbus Ohio Industrial and Frac Sand Mine

Select Materials, a bulk landscaping materials firm in Colorado, has announced today that it is acquiring an industrial and frac sand mine located in Mount Vernon, Ohio effective Feb 8th...

New Ownership Targets Appalachian Completions Demand With A Small Ohio Sand Plant

We heard some chatter about local sand in the Appalachia at the Petroleum Connection’s frac sand conference in Houston last week, so we caught up the plant’s new ownership to...

Texas-Size Glut of Frack Sand Means 19% Drop in Prices

Just a year after rushing into America’s busiest oil field with new mines, frack-sand producers may have overdone it. West Texas sand used in the hydraulic fracturing process will drop...

Falling Frac Sand Costs Lower Production Breakeven

Look for the frac sand market to be in a glut scenario in 2019, with 2020 dependent on oil price recovery. In the interim, lower frac sand costs will reduce...

Our Top 10 Takeaways From The Last Mile Logistics Panel

Last week at the frac sand conference hosted by Petroleum Connection in Houston, we moderated a discussion among four last mile logistics experts. Together, the firms represented on stage touch...

Reaction To The Most Controversial Frac Sand Presentation This Week

This week, Covia advanced an argument they have been making on the speaker circuit for several months now, urging customers to use NWS rather than succumbing to the cost savings...

Growth Continues In The Haynesville

The Haynesville Shale’s location is helping keep interest in the play high. Stretching across East Texas and North Louisiana, the primarily dry gas play offers players shorter access to Gulf...

Lateral Length Trends Remain Below the Lower 48 Average While Proppant Per Well is 11% Higher in the Eagle Ford

In-basin frac sand supply for Eagle Ford will approach 20 mm tons per year by the end of 2019...

In Other News…. People On The Move, Belt Tightening, Pumping Outlook, Litigation, & Earnings Takeaways

While we were traveling gathering market intelligence and meeting with clients this week, some new developments crossed our desk that are worthy of comment...

Upside Potential From The Rise Of Rational Shale Economics

For the last decade, shale drillers destroyed billions in capital. They delivered record production growth at the expense of profits and cash flows. But today, the game is changing...

Class 1’s continue to gain traffic boost from logistics units

Class Is grew their carloads and intermodal loads in 2018 on a year-over-year basis. Their traffic-building efforts helped U.S. intermodal volume set an annual record for the fifth time in...

U.S. Silica's SandBox Unit Continues to Vigorously Defend Its Intellectual Property

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. announced today that its SandBox Logistics™ business unit has filed a notice of appeal in its lawsuit against Proppant Express (PropX), which will allow the company...

Solaris Water Midstream Begins Water Recycling Operations in the Permian Basin

A Houston oilfield water management company has started operations to recycle wastewater from oil and natural gas sites in the Permian Basin of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico.

PanXchange Eyes Frac Sand Derivs

Commodities exchange founder is targeting markets where they “can help people most”...

Fastmarkets IM Announces Discontinuation of Silica Sand, Feldspar Prices

After a consultation period, Fastmarkets has decided to delist these prices due to limited interest in the market, the presence of available alternatives as part of the existing price book...

To Solve Frac Hits, Unconventional Engineering Must Revolve Around Them

Hydraulic fracturing as it is now executed in North American shale plays may have to be replaced with a much more intricate scheme—one that better matches the complex fabric of...

California Company Seeks to Build a $1 billion Refinery in the Permian Basin

A California company is seeking to build a $1 billion refinery that will make gasoline and diesel near the Permian Basin town of Kermit. Meridian Energy Group announced plans on...

Scientists Call for Relaxation of Tremors Rules to Allow Fracking

Carrier bags, bottles and nappies will be used to resurface roads and fill potholes across Cumbria – leading a government push into plastic roads that could eventually see household waste...

Fracking In Lancashire (UK) Reveals 'Rich Reservoir' Of Gas, Says Cuadrilla

Fracking in Lancashire has revealed a "rich reservoir of recoverable high quality natural gas present", the company behind the exploration has said. But Cuadrilla renewed its calls for regulations on...

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