Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #319 | April 14, 2021

Quiet week for frac sand news, which is surprising because most of the news to be had is pretty good news!  Maybe everyone is too busy working to do any writing.  Please do note that the Permian Road Safety Coalition is holding a Sand Task Force Meeting on May 15 in Monahans, Texas.  We’ll include more information in next week’s newsletter, but for now, mark your calendars!


And now, the news…

This Week's News

Ovintiv Sets Sets Sand Records

Last week Ovintiv set the record for most amount of sand pumped in a day by one crew (9.97 million pounds) and the record for most amount of sand pumped in a day on a single pad (two crews - 18.89 million pounds).

A Dozen Or So Notable Frac Supply Chain Datapoints

A variety of quick hits bubbled up to our desk from the frac supply chain over the past week or so. Some of them bear repeating…

U.S. Fracking Activity Approaches Pre-Pandemic Levels

Fracking activity in the United States is recovering to the levels seen before the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a number of key indicators.

How Many Meshes Do Shale Wells Really Need?

As most Infill Thinking readers know, E&P operators often require their frac crews to pump multiple sand sizes (mesh types or grades) on the same shale well. In fact, the same stage is often treated with multiple meshes.

10th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference

Permian Drilling Permits Spring Upward Pointing To Summer Upside For Rig Count

Permian new well drilling permit demand is surging to new cyclical heights. After a very strong January, February was a little slower (short month plus the freeze). But March roared back with the highest permit count in more than a year.

Innovating Against the Grain

Today, one of the toughest challenges in completing wells, whether oil or natural gas, is recovering the sand proppant and other particles from the flowback.

What To Do with Extra Sand? U.S. Silica Donates Sands to Create Nesting Habitats for Endagered Birds

The Mapleton location of U.S. Silica Company has played a major role in helping to conserve Northern Map Turtles.

Jim Husband Reflects on 47 Years in Railroading

Jim Husband, who founded railroad equipment finance professional services firm RailSolutions LLC in 1997 and served as President until January 2019, discusses his long, distinguished career and offers his observations about the market.

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