Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #213 | April 3, 2019

This Week's News

Frac Sand In Places Not Called West Texas

What’s interesting is that not all sand dunes are suitable for frac sand, which seems counterintuitive. This is due in part to the age of the formation – the sand...

U.S. Silica Upsizes Its Fleet For A Maximum Ride

In June 1998, an experiment to access gas trapped over a mile deep in the Barnett Shale north of Fort Worth, Texas, using sand, water, and chemicals ignited a natural...

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...

The Biggest Saudi Oil Field Is Fading Faster Than Thought

It was a state secret and the source of a kingdom’s riches. It was so important that U.S. military planners once debated how to seize it by force. For oil...

In Other News… Jump-Starting Greenfield Construction?, Big Blue, Unbundling Nuggets, LML Notes, Rockies Rife With Regulatory Risk…

In addition to the in-depth updates published early this week, a few other interesting items crossed our desk...

Finding Frac Sand

In the oil and gas industry we hear lots of people talk about the shale revolution. Oil companies knew about oil trapped in tight shale formations for years before they...

Profile Of The Man Behind The Slag-To-Proppant Project In Montana

It's 9:01 a.m. and Rick Tabish is in problem-solving mode. He's about to hold a meeting with his core team to discuss expanding and retrofitting CryptoWatt, the sprawling data center...

Emerge May Be Restructuring Their Northern White Operations

Emerge Energy is back in the news again, but now the future seems a bit more clear as to which the direction the frac sand major is heading. Previously we...

Sachem Head To Push For Breakup Of Eagle Materials

Activist investor Sachem Head Capital Management has built a new stake in Eagle Materials Inc. and plans to push for a breakup and potential sale of the building materials...

Superior Silica Cuts Mine Production; Renegotiate Financing

Superior Silica Sands, the largest producer of frac sand in Barron County, is in the process of restructuring its financing and plans to reduce its sand production at its Wisconsin...

Silver Sponsorships Almost Sold Out For The 8th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference

The Petroleum Connection today announced that almost all the Silver sponsorships are sold out for the 8th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference. This is the largest, and longest-running...

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 Flap – Pittsburgh Logistics Co. Sues Texas Sand Co.

On Friday, Arrow Material Services (based in Sewickley, PA) filed a lawsuit against Superior Silica Sands, also known as Emerge Energy Services (based in Fort Worth, TX) in Allegheny County...

Sue And Be Sued… Frac Sand Litigation Heats Up As A Transloader Takes A Producer To Court

Who’s suing who in the frac sand space? Here’s the latest intel gleaned from our review of public records…

Layoff Stretches On At Bloomer Sand Mine

A layoff that began in late October for 32 employees at a sand mine in Bloomer will continue indefinitely. Iron Mountain Trap Rock Company recently informed the state Department of...

Hexion Files For Bankruptcy In Debt Restructuring Plan

Hexion announced today that it is voluntarily filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of a plan to reduce the company’s debt burden. Most of the company’s debt holders...

Tecpetrol Goes On Frac Sand Buying Spree In Argentina

In South America, sand shoveled out of a river in Argentina that is used to transport soybeans may soon reappear 700 mi (1,100 km) away in the country’s booming shale...

Sand From Soy Waterway Resurrected For Argentine Shale Push

Sand shoveled out of an Argentina river used to transport soybeans will soon reappear 1,100 kilometers (700 miles) away in the country’s booming shale fields. Tecpetrol SA, part of billionaire...

Going Once… Going Twice… An Early Version New Gen Last Mile Logistics System Hits The Auction Block

With the last mile market now sufficiently supplied by new gen equipment, competition is hot even if you have the latest and greatest gear. If you have equipment built more...

Buyer Looking For Used Frac Sand Plants For Sale

If you have a used frac sand plant that may be for sale, there is a buyer who may be interested in taking it off your hands. The buyer is...

Texas Sand Mining Companies Launch New Association

A consortium of leading Texas sand mining companies announced the launch of a new association today focused on promoting environmental stewardship, economic growth, and policy education. The Industrial Sand Producers...

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