Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #260 | February 26, 2020

Some very interesting articles this week!  Of note are the articles on Shale Support, Saudi Aramco, mobile/mini mines, and wet sand.  Registrations and sponsorships continue to come in for the Mobile-Mini Frac Sand Mine Forum, which is happening in Houston in less than 60 days!  Learn more and sign up here:

This Week's News

Shale Support Secures Contract as Provider to Tier-One E&P

Shale Support Holdings, LLC, a leading provider of frac-sands and logistical solutions to the oil and gas proppant market, announced it has finalized a supply contract for a tier-one petroleum...

Saudi Aramco launches largest shale gas development outside U.S., Using Sea Water and LOCAL SAND

Saudi Aramco is launching the biggest shale gas development outside of the United States to boost domestic gas supply and end the burning of oil at its power generation plants, Chief Executive...

Sandemonium Update On The One Month Anniversary Of The Permian Sand Scramble

Last week, Hi-Crush said on their 4Q19 earnings call that January 2020 was the strongest month of sand sales in any January in company history...

U.S. Silica surges after smaller than expected Q4 loss

U.S. Silica +10.8% pre-market after reporting better than expected Q4 results and saying it sold a record 15.1M tons in its oil and gas segment during 2019...

Three Firms Control About Half Of The Last Mile Logistics Market. Here’s What They Had To Say About It

Here are the key bits of market intel that we picked out remarks made by three market share leaders in the wellsite storage game last week…

Free ceramic proppant on Craigslist Houston?

Free ceramic proppant for fracking. Left over from foreclosure.. over 100 bags, over 1.5 ton each Free to pick up. Must take all. Serious inquires only with knowledge of product...

Used Mobile Sand Plant Available for Sale

This GH Rapid Set Plant is capable of processing 985,500 tons a year. The plant was newly built and deployed in 2015. The plant has been maintained extremely well and an equipment maintenance...

Revealed: A Mobile Mini Plant Schematic & Equipment Photos

New pictures and a schematic have come to light as one of the first movers on the in-field mining trend continues making moves...

Mobile-Mini Mine Opportunities

Over the past few weeks we have received several inquiries regarding mobile or mini frac sand mine opportunities. From land deals to equipment design to procurement, there is a lot of...

McLanahan Wash (mini/mobile) Plant Available for Purchase and Relocation

Functional wash plant available in the upper Midwest. Very competitively priced at only $410,000. This will sell quickly...

E&P Operator Claims Wet Sand Patent & Royalties “If Others Want To Do It”, Presenting A New Risk For Mobile Mini Wet-Only Plants

A large E&P operator has firmly planted a legal flag of conceptual ownership in damp sand. This raises lots of questions for the broader adoption of the practice, including applications in in-field frac sand mining…

Connecting The Dots On Last Week’s Wet Sand IP Claims Using Public Record

We did some digging after an E&P CEO’s damp sand frac patent claim last week sent a ripple through frac sand inner circles. Here is what we have uncovered…


Athabasca Minerals Rebrands Aggregates Marketing Inc. as AMI RockChain Inc. and Launches New Website

Athabasca Minerals Inc. announces that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Aggregates Marketing Inc., has rebranded the company as AMI RockChain Inc....

The Next Wave of Oil and Gas Analytics - Reservoir Behavior

For the oil and gas industry, the move to analytics has been fueled by the rise of horizontal drilling. This creates thousands of new test cases each year with many unique variables across...

Generating value in oilfield services over the next decade

Last August I highlighted the challenges the oil, gas, and chemicals sector has had in demonstrating value to investors in a volatile and low commodity price environment. Now that we...

A case for the 'hope for the best' contingent: rail equipment market commentary

"Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst." That was basically the theme of my 2020 Outlook column a couple months ago. In that piece, I focused on the “prepare for the worst” side of the rail...

Observations on Rail Traffic

U.S. rail traffic has been in slow decline for decades. While it grew coming out of the great recession, it never recovered to 2006/7 levels, then went back to long term declining trends. Now it is sinking...

BNSF's Fourth-Quarter And Annual Profits Rise

A reduction in operating expenses helped Western U.S. railroad BNSF achieve a 4% increase in fourth-quarter net profit and a 5% increase in annual net profit despite lower revenues on both a quarterly and annual basis...

Oilfield Water Markets 2020 Conference

Halliburton to pay down debt by issuing $1 billion of lower-interest notes

Halliburton on Wednesday said it plans to issue a type of debt known as senior notes. Due in March 2030, the notes will pay 2.92 percent interest. The company said it will use proceeds from the sales...

Opinion: Oil & Gas Companies are Dead Last in Trust Update

With their inability to meet quarterly revenue and profit targets evident, there is rising skepticism about oil and gas companies as purveyors of energy efficiency. Amy Myers Jaffe, senior fellow...

Opinion: Energy production threatens biodiversity across Texas

While Texas currently leads the United States in oil and gas production, the industry threatens the health of water and wildlife from the Permian Basin to Padre Island. If Texas is going....

Islanders discuss fracking on Isle of Wight

More than forty Islanders came together on Saturday at Newport’s Unitarian Meeting House to learn more about the prospect of oil and gas drilling (fracking) on the Island and how such projects might be stopped...

The Lego 10K CSF Cyclonic Sand Separator Challenge

So it was President Day and my boys wanted something to do. The Lego 10K CSF Cyclonic Sand Separator Challenge was born. My boys are 14 - 11 - 6 and love all things Lego. I couldn’t be...

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