Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Pete Cook, Editor

Issue #220 | May 22, 2019

This week’s newsletter has a bit more general oilfield services news, as opposed to just frac sand. That said, the industry continues to work through this correction and there are still a lot of deals being done.

These slower spells are the right time to build relationships, refine processes, position yourself for future growth, and pick up bargains (in equipment, sand, etc.).

Have a great rest of the week.

This Week's News

Q1 2019 Sand Financials – Industry Muddling Along With Overcapacity, 40/70 Sand Prices Firming

Q1 2019 saw some idling of Northern White sand capacity and the continued ramp up and substitution of sand from In-Basin mines in the Permian, Eagle Ford, and Mid Con....

Appalachian Drilling & Completions Activity Trends – Better In 1H19 Than 2H18

Following our Appalachian oilfield trip last week, we are shining a spotlight on Marcellus / Utica drilling and completions trends in this edition of our regular weekly rig count...

Silica Sand Mine Approved For Site Near Seymourville, Manitoba, Hollow Water First Nation

The Province of Manitoba has approved and issued a licence for a silica sand mine that had divided opinions among those who live near the site. The Wanipigow Silica Sand...

Firsthand Observations On The Marcellus Frac Supply Chain

A contingent of the Infill Thinking team ventured into the heart of the Marcellus/Utica play last week to gather some boots on the ground intelligence. Here are some of the...

Podcast: Proppant Use Per Lateral Foot Is Still On The Rise

"Leading edge” completion designs appear to be stabilizing, while proppant use per lateral foot is still on the rise. We're breaking down why these trends are moving in tandem on...

Since 2016, Water And Proppant Amounts Have Been Trending Upward In The Marcellus

Since 2016, water and proppant amounts have been trending upward in the #Marcellus...

This Permian Local Frac Sand Metric Probably Peaked In 1Q19

In this update, we chart an important activity metric that probably peaked in the Permian in-basin sand industry during 1Q19.

Golden Gate Capital To Sell ArrMaz To Arkema Group

Golden Gate Capital, a leading private equity investment firm, today announced that ArrMaz, a global leader in specialty chemicals, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Arkema...

Chippewa County Sand Mine Owners Forced To Restructure Debt

A Chippewa County government official says potential bankruptcy doesn’t change reclamation requirements or plans for frac sand mines...

Despite Superior Silica Problems; County Protected

Facing a lawsuit by one of its biggest customers, declining stock and prices, and cash flow issues that date back a year, Fort Worth, Tex.-based Emerge Energy Services, owners of...

Eagle Materials Ends Its Fiscal 2019 On A Sour Note

Eagle Materials continued to face several headwinds in its fiscal fourth quarter, which negatively affected results. For starters, the company battled persistently wet weather, which weighed on demand for the...

Expert Predicts More Wisconsin Frac Sand Mines May Close

The impending bankruptcy of a major frac sand mining company is a sign of the financial woes that could cripple more Wisconsin-based mines due to a nationwide oversupply of sand,...

In Local West Texas News… This Permian Mini-Documentary Is Worth A Watch

We encountered a mini-doc on the Permian boom this week that is worth a watch if you haven’t seen it yet. Note the prayer before the left turn into 285...

U.S. Oil Output Still Expected To Hit 13M Barrels Daily By End Of '19

Despite a slow start to the year, U.S. crude output is still expected to surge for the rest of 2019 and hit at least 13 million barrels daily by the...

Digital Transformation (Some Focused On Sand Management) At BP Is Starting To Add Up To Billions

About 3 years ago, upstream executives at BP came together and recognized that this down cycle was not like the ones before. The moment marked the beginning of the company’s...

Oil Rebounds As OPEC+ Restraint Outshines Trade-War Uncertainty

Oil bounced back from a midday slump, as hints of extended production cuts by top crude producers overshadowed President Donald Trump's latest provocation in the trade standoff with China. Futures...

Weatherford Delisted From New York Stock Exchange In Latest Woes

Struggling oilfield service company Weatherford International is now trading as a penny stock after being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange. In a Thursday afternoon filling with the U.S....

A Dozen US Onshore Operators With Danger On The Doorstep

We screened the universe of large oilfield service customers looking for indications of elevated risk. For oilfield service firms and suppliers, it matters who you are doing business with...

Liberty Oilfield Trudges Along The Road To Recovery

Liberty Oilfield Services provides hydraulic fracturing services to the onshore energy E&P companies in the Permian Basin, the DJ Basin, the Eagle Ford Shale, the Williston Basin, and the Powder...

Will The 2019 E&P Capex Story End Like 2018? First Quarter Actuals Might Be The Canary In The Coal Mine

Whelp… this chart doesn’t bode well for oilfield service markets in 4Q19… Are we on track for a repeat of last year’s budget exhaustion woes?

Study: Mining, Agriculture Uses Could Affect Groundwater, But Those Can Be Somewhat Mitigated

The Chippewa County Board received the results of a multiyear study of the county’s groundwater Tuesday, which confirmed that groundwater can be affected by mining and agriculture...

Sand Hills - Mining, Water And More (Attack Piece Against A Proposed New Frac Sand Mine In Utah)

I vividly remember ascending the Sand Hills from Mt. Carmel Junction on Highway 89 approaching Kanab from the north, over 40 years ago. Reaching the crest of the “Sands,” I...

Wisconsin Professor’s Anti-Fracking Agenda Exposed

A professor and group of student researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire claim they found elevated particulate levels associated with frac-sand mining. Although their studies didn’t conclude...

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