Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #316 | March 24, 2021

We are only a week away from the largest frac sand event of 2021 so far!  And think of the drastic changes that have happened in the industry already this year:  sand shortages, trucking constraints, the big freeze, bankruptcies, acquisitions, etc.

Now is not the time to sit on the sidelines and hope things work out.  Get back out and meet with others in the industry as they look for new suppliers, new clients, and new partners.  Big changes mean big opportunities.  Position yourself to take advantage of the current situation.  Join us next week in Houston!  Check out the strong agenda and register today!

And now, the news…

This Week's News

Frac Sand’s Separation from Traditional Drivers Introduces Forecasting Risks

Infill Thinking addresses the question “How can Permian frac sand volumes be approaching their prior highs when Permian rig count and Permian frac crew count are still 55% and 35% below prior cycle highs, respectively?”

ProFrac Sets Company Record for Sand Pumped Per Day

ProFrac Services recently pumped the most efficient pad in operator history at over 90%. We set records for average pump hours per day, stages per day, and sand pumped per day – raising the standard in Haynesville.

We are looking forward to participating in the simul-frac panel at the Frac Sand Industry Update in a couple weeks. It’ll be a great discussion with panelists from Chevron, Halliburton, Badger, and Sand Revolution discussing how this new wellsite procedural change is rippling back up the frac supply chain.

6th Annual Frac Sand Industry Update

Raising Money Has Become a Lot Easier for Shale Companies

It hasn’t been this cheap for shale explorers to raise money on the high-yield bond market since oil was at $100 a barrel in 2014, so they’re jumping on the opportunity to refinance debt at lower rates.

Texas Two Step: Sand Demand Forecasts in the Permian & Eagle Ford

With oil prices where they are (well above expectations for the year) and frac sand hard to find in Texas for much of 1Q21, multiple Infill Thinking members have recently inquired offline about Infill Thinking’s sand demand estimates in the big two Texas basins.

CEO, CFO Resign from Houston-Based Superior Energy

Superior Energy Services on Monday announced the resignations of CEO David Dunlap and Chief Financial Officer Westy Ballard. The Houston-based oil field services and equipment company said Dunlap and Ballard resigned to pursue other opportunities.

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MORE 1Q21 Weather Issues Plague Frac – This Time Wicked Wind in West Texas

First the freeze. Now the wind. It’s been a tough operating conditions quarter in the southwest completions market, and lost days due to bad weather continue piling up for the Texas frac industry in 1Q21.

Vista Proppants & Logistics is Hiring

Vista has several jobs available in Kermit and in Granbury.

10th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference

Shale Frac Designs Move to Just-Good-Enough Proppant Economics

There is no clear evidence that higher conductivity proppants (either white sand versus regional sand or ceramic proppants versus white sand) result in better well performance and economics.

S&S Mine in Town of Howard, WI Closing, Reclamation Started

EOG Resources has started the reclamation process for the S&S frac sand mine in the Town of Howard. EOG Resources is planning to close the frac sand mine and has started the final rough grading of the mine site to establish the reclaimed land surface.

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