Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #230 | July 31, 2019

Wow. The industry news volume and variety have jumped again, after a bit of a slowdown earlier in the summer. Plenty of interesting articles in this week’s issue. We also included some international articles focused on sand in general, which we thought you might find interesting.

We should also mention, for those attending the 8th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference, that the JW Marriott is currently completely sold out for the night of September 4. There are still some rooms available for the nights of the 5th and 6th, but there is already a waiting list for the night of the 4th. If enough people are interested, we can set up a room block at another nearby venue. Shoot a note to [email protected] if that would be of interest to you.

Enjoy the read and the rest of the week!

This Week's News

U.S. Silica Holdings Profit Beats As It Transports, Sells More Sand

Frac sand miner U.S. Silica Holdings reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday, as it transported and sold more sand to U.S. shale producers, sending its shares up as much...

5 Highlights From US Silica’s Strong 2Q19 Earnings With Oilfield Market Implications…

US Silica press released strong 2Q19 results this morning. We highlight 5 items from the press release that caught our attention. We also share what we’ll be listening for on...

Emerge Energy To Continue Operations Thru Bankruptcy

Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings by Texas-based Emerge Energy Services, the parent company for Superior Silica Sands, will allow the company to continue to do business and pay employees during its...

A Fleet Of ~60 Late Model Pneumatic Sand Trailers Hits The Auction Block In Texas

Boxes vs. pneumatics? It’s a long standing argument. Even without that competitive dynamic, it’s been tough in the sand hauling business with rates under pressure for the past 12-24 months...

Picking Up Bargains

Those in frac sand for the long haul have a unique opportunity right now. Provided they see the sand oversupply abating in the next year or so, there are some...

Tarmac International

Utah, Get Me Two! Uinta Basin Greenfield Frac Sand Update

Utah local sand is coming. It’s coming faster than some folks might think. So we applied our kind of mining to the situation: data mining, public records mining, and...

Kanab Residents Are Fractured Over A Proposed Utah Sand Mine

Proponents of a sand mine outside Kanab won support from two local boards recently, but they have a long way to go before convincing many residents — particularly those who...

Parallels Between Pre-Frac Water And Frac Sand Procurement

While reading the top story in our weekly digest below, we were struck by the many parallels between pre-frac water and frac sand procurement. This pattern of thought was...

Words Matter - Strategic Sourcing Vs. Category Management

For the second installment in the “Words Matter” series lets take a look at Category Management versus Strategic Sourcing. This one can get a little complicated, not just because these...

Claim: Producers In The Permian Underreported Fracking Activity By As Much As 20%

Oil and gas producers in the Permian underreported their fracking activity by as much as 20 percent for 2018, energy-focused data analysis services provider Kayrros has reported. According to data...

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Halliburton Cuts 8 Percent Of North American Jobs In Frack Slowdown

Halliburton is shifting strategy in its largest region to deal with subdued customer spending by trimming 8 percent of its North American workforce and shelving unused frack gear. The world’s...

3 Interesting Wrinkles In Halliburton’s US Onshore Outlook

3 wrinkles in Halliburton’s earnings call commentary yesterday went underappreciated in the myriad of conference call coverage available elsewhere… Here’s three notable nuances that caught our attention...

Video That Shows Where Wells Have Been Completed Over Time, Colored By Proppant Weight

I spend about an hour a day looking for things that are new and innovative to keep up with the speed of what is happening in programming and tech...

Grain-Of-Sand Size Sensors To Monitor Conditions In Deep, Unconventional Oil Reservoirs

A professor of electrical and computer engineering at UCLA Samueli, has received $1.25 million in research funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to miniaturize powerful diagnostic sensor systems down...

Frac Sand Truckers Can Make Good Money Doing A Dangerous Job

Long before sunrise, Molly Sizer starts her day in West Texas as a professional frac sand hauler. She gets dressed, drives her Peterbilt truck to one of the dozens of...

In Other News… The Sport Of Kings, Water Dollars, Sand Write-Off, & 9 More Datapoints That Matter…

Boiling down everything that’s crossed our desk this week to just the following 12 items of import wasn’t easy. After the typical summer lull in news flow, it feels like...

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No Red Flags As County Passes Rail Resolution

This is a follow-up to an inaccurate article we posted last week. Thank you to Katie Fortin with Northern Industrial Sands for pointing out the inaccurate reporting and directing us...

Covia Announces Sale Of Its Winchester And Western Railroad For $105 Million To OmniTRAX Affiliate

Covia, a leading provider of mineral-based and material solutions for the Industrial and Energy markets, announced today that it has executed a definitive agreement to sell its Winchester and Western...

CN Reports Record Second-Quarter Financial Results

The CN team delivered record second-quarter results, and we remain optimistic on CN's volume prospects in the second half of the year while maintaining our vigilance on costs,' said JJ...

Superior Energy Fights A Grim Battle, But Some Businesses Ignite Hope

Superior Energy Services’ offerings include drilling products and services, onshore completion and workover services, production services, and technical solutions. I do not think the company can produce positive returns in...

CP Energy Services Welcomes Spartan Energy Services To Group

CP Energy Services, Inc. announced today, as a result of its recapitalization of Spartan Energy Services, that CP now welcomes Spartan to the CP Energy Group of affiliated companies, which...

Osaka Gas Buys Sabine O&G - First Japanese Purchase Of Shale Firm

Osaka Gas said it will buy Houston's Sabine Oil & Gas to mark the first time a Japanese firm has taken full ownership of a U.S. shale producer. Osaka, which...

Job Losses Hit As Shale Slows Down

Halliburton is cutting its workforce and shelving fracking equipment amid a slowdown in the U.S. shale industry. The oilfield services giant said that its revenue fell 13 percent in the...

Police Crack The Whip On Silica Sand Smugglers in India

Stepping up raids against smugglers of Silica sand, Nellore police have arrested 49 persons and seized an equal number of heavy vehicles with the construction material across the SPSR Nellore...

Sand Shortage May Slow Growth In Developing Regions

While pursuing an ecology doctorate at the Spanish National Museum of Natural History, Aurora Torres was thinking about infrastructure and sprawl. But what ultimately focused her attention was hearing about...

New Bill To Establish Government Mining Company In Uganda

Kampala- Government is seeking to create a National Mining Company, through tabling a Mining Bill, according the commissioner for mines, directorate of geological survey and mines . Speaking during the...

Scotland’s Lochaline Silica Sand Mine Gives Up Its Secrets To Visitors

As part of Morvern Games and Gala Week, Lochaline Quartz Sand Limited offered a small group of visitors the chance to tour its plant and mine...

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