Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #317 | March 31, 2021

Today is the 6th Annual Frac Sand Industry Update.  For the sixth year in a row, we are sold out.  We have a great lineup of speakers and topics.  We look forward to seeing many of you there.  If you were not able to attend, please mark your calendars for the biggest frac sand event of the year:  The Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference.   It will be held September 15-17, 2021 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

And now, the news…

This Week's News

US Drilling & Completion Outlook 2021

The US Drilling & Completion Outlook offers unique insight into 7 Lower 48 shale plays and is an essential product for strategic planning, commercial executives, and finance professionals.

10 Frac Supply Chain Trends To Watch As 2Q21 Begins

Now it’s time to turn our eyes ahead to 2Q21, and we look forward to starting to do that this week at the in-person frac sand conference in Houston hosted by the Petroleum Connection.

Oil Drilling Recovering from Pandemic, but Not Driven by Shale

The number of wells drilled worldwide is expected to grow by 12 percent to 54,000 wells this year, compared with 46,000 wells last year. While drilling will fall short of the 73,000 wells drilled in 2019, it’s a “healthy recovery,” according to Rystad, a Norwegian energy research firm. However, oil and gas production growth will not be driven by U.S. shale as it had been over the past decade, Rystad said.

Don’t Call It A Comeback, But NWS Is Getting Some Interesting Buzz In 2021

Ever since local sand became a thing, the NWS old guard has pushed the quality argument. The argument has some validity to it, as even local sand mine owners will acknowledge (see Liberty’s latest salvo in the debate).

"A little bit of ceramics can go a long way".

"The chief finding is that by adding 5 to 10% of ceramic proppant by volume as a tail-in or lead-in, the operator can expect to boost initial 180-day production output by 5 to 9% vs. an all-sand fracture design."

10th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference

Halliburton Gives Major Operator Real-Time Automated Control of Fracture Placement

Halliburton Company announced it successfully delivered real-time control of fracture placement while pumping on a multi-well pad using the SmartFleet™ intelligent fracturing system in the Permian Basin.

Infill Thinking’s Top Fifteen 1Q21 Updates

A deceptively strong underlying completions demand surge (you might have missed judged it if you were just watching rig and frac crew counts) was impressive and sand demand came whirling back.

Court Allows sale of All Jordan Sands Holdings for $8M

A judge has ordered the sale of Jordan Sands quarry properties for $8 million to help settle the company’s default on a $22 million loan.

The ‘Real McCoy’ In Frac Sand Demand Models

Over the past week, we’ve been sharing a series of data-driven reports on Permian frac sand volume trends.

Common Questions Regarding Frac Sand Sample Collection

Collecting field samples is an important aspect of QA/QC at the wellsite.

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Frac Sand Equipment Being Installed in Argentina

CDE team installing a new frac sand washing plant for NRG ARGENTINA S.A.

Residents’ Worries Over Silica Regulation on UK Fracking Site

People living near Cuadrilla’s Lancashire fracking site have reacted with concern following news that the Health and Safety Executive is facing questions from MPs about its monitoring of silica sand.

MPs Quiz HSE Over Scrutiny of Silica Dust Risk at Cuadrilla’s Fracking Site

The UK’s health and safety watchdog is facing questions from MPs over the way it monitored risks from silica sand at Cuadrilla’s fracking site.

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