Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #221 | May 29, 2019

The frac sand news world was pretty quiet the past week. That is likely due to companies focusing more on operational excellence and less on making big deals and headlines. We have had some international movement in frac sand. In the past week we were contacted by someone looking to buy frac sand to go to Argentina, then by someone in Argentina looking for investors in a frac sand mine, and you’ll see the presentation below on the silica sand market & opportunity in Saudi Arabia. Don’t hesitate to send us any news or information you think would be of interest to the industry.

With the focus shifting to operational excellence, those providing operations-related solutions should consider grabbing one of the few remaining Gold Sponsor spots at the Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference. You can also look at advertising in this news digest!

Have a great rest of the week.

This Week's News

Frac Sand Market Still Growing, But Prices Likely To Stay Flat

Demand for sand to be used by the oil and gas industry in hydraulic fracturing operations in the US is set to grow by 10% in 2019 and 17% in...

Frack Sand Providers Face Supply Imbalance As E&Ps Dig In On Costs

Proppant sand providers, which faced headwinds during the first quarter from low prices and conservative spending by...

Frac Sand Expected To Remain Cheap As Supplies Outpace Demand

Sand prices for oil and gas fracking and for the valuations of sanding mining companies are expected to remain depressed as growing supplies continue to outpace rising demand, research reports...

Early Registration For The 8th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference Ends On June 1!

Just a friendly reminder that the Early Registration rate for the largest frac sand event of the year ends on June 1. Register before then to save $300 on registration...

Sahara Wellsite Storage System Up Close And Personal (Appalachian Site Visit)

Last week, our team had a chance to spend a little time in the Marcellus/Utica. In addition to gathering some general observations about the market, we visited a Sahara wellsite...

Wisconsin-Based Frac Sand Mines May Be In Trouble Due To Overproduction Of Sand

Samir Nangia, energy consulting director at analytics firm IHS Markit, is predicting that Wisconsin-based frac sand mines could be in trouble due to a nationwide oversupply of sand, as indicated...

Does The Adoption Of In-Basin Permian Dune Sand Result In 34% Lower BOE Recoveries In The Delaware Basin?

Previously, I have written on analyses from Covia (a sand producer, LinkedIn post of Dec. 12, 2018) and Rystad Energy (a data and research service, LinkedIn post of March 8,...

Hi-Crush Appoints Alan Oehlert As Chief Operating Officer

Hi-Crush Partners LP, or “Hi-Crush”, today announced that it has appointed Mr. Michael Alan Oehlert as Chief Operating Officer, effective May 21, 2019...

Water is the New Frac Sand – Crude Life Interview

Kimberly Wurtz, Ball Morse Lowe, PLLC, discusses some of the current water issues in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico shale plays. Water is the new frac sand!

Primary Vision Debuts New Video Detailing Their Innovative Frac Spread Count

Think of the Primary Vision Frac Spread Count as the Baker Hughes Rig Count but for fracturing activity vs. drilling rigs...

PLG Releases New White Paper “From Upstream to Downstream: Opportunities and Challenges for Rail”

From shale-driven industrial investments and cars in storage to frac sand supply and demand, download this free presentation to learn how the changing need of energy and chemical suppliers across...

About That Busy Northeast Pilot Express… Here’s Why It’s So Busy.

Earlier this week, we published some notes from the road after spending time in the Marcellus/Utica frac supply chain last week. If you read that piece, you probably remember the...

Occidental Petroleum: Playing The Long Game In The Permian

No one's written an article on Occidental Petroleum, in a couple of days, so I thought I would. I know I am late to the game (on the public article...

Chaparral Energy - STACK And SCOOP Push Mid-Continent Energy To New Heights

At 40,000 feet thick in its deepest portion, the Anadarko Basin in western Oklahoma presents one of the premier shale targets in North America. Newfield Exploration Co. opened the STACK...

Drilling Down: Denver Company Finds Success In Permian Basin’s Spraberry Field

Denver oil company Discovery Natural Resources is finding success by drilling in the Permian Basin’s Spraberry field. The company is seeking permission from the Railroad Commission to Texas to drill...

Silver Sponsorships Sold Out, Few Gold Sponsorships Remaining, At Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference

The Petroleum Connection has announced that the Silver Sponsorship level has sold out for the 8th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference. Those interested in having a 10’x10’ booth...

Permian Basin Oil Producer Cuts 230 Jobs

Irving-based Pioneer Natural Resources Co, one of the oil producers in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico, said this week it plans to lay off about 25...

Overview of the Saudi Silica Sand Market & Opportunity

President at Industrial Minerals Consulting Canada...

Manitoba Welcomes Investment In Silica Sand Extraction Project

The Manitoba government is welcoming a significant investment from Canadian Premium Sand Inc. to establish a silica sand operation near Seymourville and Hollow Water First Nation, Growth, Enterprise and Trade...

Justice Resurging As Hollow Water Community Deals With Frac Sand Project

Some community members say a massive silica sand mining project is dividing Manitoba’s Hollow Water First Nation, while at the same time, threatening the good results of a ground-breaking Indigenous...

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