Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Pete Cook, Editor

Issue #212 | March 27, 2019

This Week's News

Q4 2018 Sand Financials – Sand Prices Stabilized Toward The End Of Q1 2019, Market Strengthening Going Into Q2

In-basin sand sales exploded during Q4 2018 at a time of weakened sand demand due to softening oil prices and exhausted completion budgets. This led to a freefall in...

Speaking Thursday Morning, Covia Called The NWS Price Bottom

Real-time takeaways – what you need to know as Covia speaks this morning… just the points with read-through for the industry… We live-blogged this conference call...

Smart Sand Makes Strong Case For Northern White Comeback

Smart Sand reported strong Q4 earnings despite the weakness that the overall frac sand sector faced during 2018. The company was able to surprise investors with a lower-than-expected loss, mainly...

Northern White 40/70 Price Edges Up; Buyers Debate Crush Strength

The price for 40/70 mesh northern white sand has edged slightly higher as of late, while the price of 100 mesh northern white frac sand remains unchanged month on month,...

This Government Data Corroborates Recent Frac Sand Producer Commentary

This government data set is worth highlighting this morning, since it directionally lines up with recent frac sand management commentary on the bottom…

Everything Has Changed, Part 2

Over the past three years, the U.S. frac sand market has been transformed. Demand for the sand used in hydraulic fracturing is more than twice what it was in early...

Rystad Webinar: Frac & Proppant Market Disruptors And Key Trends

Industry experts from our shale research team, Ryan Carbrey, Thomas Jacob and Artem Abramov discuss the shale oilfield service market including drilling and completion CAPEX expectations, the possibility for a...

Whistling Past The Graveyard

Frac sand plants lower on the cost curve are whistling past a graveyard that is filling up with idled capacity. In this data-driven update, we take a look at the...

Frac Sand Transload Equipment For Sale

The following frac sand transload equipment is available for sale. The seller asked The Petroleum Connection for assistance in tracking down buyers, so if you are interested in all or...

Is The Siren Call Of Frac Sand Answered By U.S. Silica?

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. is a fundamentally healthy company, an achievement in the challenging frac sand sector. With an asset write-down and big capital expenditures in 2018, its financial results...

The Heartbeat Of America

Over 200 steps later, I was at the top of a silo looking down from more than 60 feet in the air over a sand mine with a backdrop only...

Schlumberger Case Study: BroadBand Shield Service Prevents Frac Hits, Eliminating Sand Cleanout And Oil Deferral Concerns

Infill drilling accounts for more than 60% of the new wells drilled in North America, where operators have learned through experience that stimulating infill wells sometimes causes fluid and/or proppant...

Interested In Buying Or Selling A Frac Sand Mine?

The Petroleum Connection can work on behalf of companies to confidentially reach out to other parties to see if there is an opportunity to pursue a transaction. Those interested in...

Frac Sand Trucks In China

This is just a curiosity. I thought readers might like to see what type of truck is being used in parts of China to move sand...

Frac Sand Mining Isn't Causing Air Pollution

Fracking is one among myriad banes of the existence of alarmist climate activists and anti-fossil-fuel forces. (You must scroll down on the page to access this article)

Air Quality Concerns Raised Over Proposed Silica Sand Mine North Of Winnipeg

There are concerns about air quality if a proposed silica sand mine is approved in an area about 200 kilometers north of Winnipeg. Canadian Premium Sand says the Wanipigow Sand...

Victorian Government Pushes For Tougher Workplace Rules To Stop Silicosis

Silicosis is a potentially fatal and irreversible lung disease caused by breathing in minute dust particles. Miners, construction and quarry workers were traditionally prone to the disease before changes in...

Inició operaciones la zona franca de Villa Constitución y ya desarrolla una estrategia para Vaca Muerta

Un cuarto de siglo pasó hasta que en 2017 la AFIP habilitó la zona franca de Villa Consitución. Un año más tarde, en 2018, la provincia de Santa Fe declaraba...

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