Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #323 | May 19, 2021

Over six years.  323 weeks.  2,267 days.  That’s how long the Frac Sand News Digest had been going, without missing an issue…until last week!  I blew it.  Somehow, I just completely forgot to assemble and send out the Digest.  I was in Dallas, helping run a large oilfield water conference (the Oilfield Water Markets 2021 Conference, which was awesome, by the way), and I went back to my hotel room on Tuesday night to work on the Digest.  I got distracted by other issues and I never got to it.  Not only that…I didn’t even realize I missed the issue for a few days!  So, mea culpa.  Hopefully, I won’t miss another issue for at least another six years!


Moving on.  Everyone should be turning their attention to the 10th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference.  I visited the venue on Friday and it looks great.  We’re planning on adding some fun extracurricular outings to the conference this year, so please plan on joining us and, if possible, bring your spouse and family.  The conference dates are September 15-17, 2021.


Because we missed last week, this week’s Digest is packed full of great articles.  It is worthwhile to carve out a good hour to take your time to go through the Digest.  As you’ll see, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future of the industry.


And now, the news…

This Week's News

Source Energy Reports Recovery in Frac Sand Demand

Canada-based miner Source Energy Services reported that frac sand demand was recovering slowly, although it remained below the levels seen before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Permian Fracs Could Be Sand Constrained In 2022

For the past couple of years, the Permian sand market has seemed hopelessly oversupplied. The proliferation of local mines since 2017 in seemingly endless dunes flooded the market and then demand cooled with Covid. But the WTX sand market won’t be loose forever… already this year, we’ve seen a very tight 1Q21 where prices spiked.

Frac Sand Supply & Demand Quick Overview

Quick overview of frac sand by Gordon Brothers.

Pattison Announces the Closing of a $17 Million Credit Facility Funded by Amerisource Business Capital

Pattison Company, a leading provider of high-quality industrial sand, construction aggregate, armor stone and rail car storage, will use the proceeds to refinance existing term debt and equipment debt, new projects, and working capital.

IAC Opens New Monahans Pffice

The Trucking Pain Point Is Officially A Major Oilfield Theme & A Key Shale Inflation Risk To Watch Into Mid-3Q21

In the mainstream trucking industry today, there are no shortage of shock and awe headlines on logistics market tightness. From Saia trying to add 500 drivers to completely insane compensation headlines, you don’t have to look far these days to find evidence of supply shortfalls and logistics inflation.

Texas Trucking Company Offers Highest-Paid Drivers $14K per Week Amid Recruiting Effort

One Texas frac sand trucking company is willing to pay some of its experienced drivers a salary of as much as $14,000 per week as it seeks to combat the effects of a nationwide driver shortage.

No, a Texas Company is NOT Paying People $14,000 a Week for Driving a Truck

The company doesn’t actually hire drivers as employees. It contracts with owner/operators who are running their own businesses.

Eagle Ford Frac Sand Mine Activity Trends

Chart provides a glance at aggregated data for the basin, showing how capacity has turned back on after the downturn (albeit activity has not returned to the full extent of pre-Covid).

Brent Tops $70 with Bullish Demand Outlook Spurring Rally

Brent oil topped $70 a barrel with optimism building about the demand outlook in key regions such as the U.S., and on signs that a glut built up last year has been whittled away.

Pressure Pumping Pricing Gains Are Inevitable. Right Guys? Right?

On ProPetro’s conference call this week, management said that price increases were inevitable in pressure pumping, saying customers are resigning themselves to that reality. The only question left in ProPetro’s mind is “how much and how fast” to raise prices.

10th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference

North Dakota's Daily Oil Output Rose in March; Growth Expected to Continue

New data show that North Dakota’s oil production grew in March after a lackluster start to the year, and the state’s top oil regulator anticipates it will keep ticking up throughout the summer.

Survey of the Week!

Where should we hold the Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference in 2022?

Public Shale E&P Underspend In 1Q Creates Running Room Into Early Summer, But Capital Discipline Reigns Supreme

In this update, Infill Thinking processed capex spending updates for 29 public shale E&Ps into their model, representing 79% of the public E&P universe they monitor.

E&Ps Follow Through On 2020 Restraint Promises, Oilfield Services Struggle

Even before the coronavirus, E&Ps were promising to focus on living within their means, returning more cash to investors. Has the industry acted in that way? Will they continue to do so with oil prices so supportive?

Simulfrac Attracts New E&P Converts with A Simple Value Proposition: “Days Are Dollars”

A key takeaway is several operators testing their first simulfracs and… loving it! In particular, two new adopters (PXD and MTDR) quantified their cost savings from simulfrac at $250k/well.

Liberty Launches Advanced Fracture Diagnostic Service

Liberty Oilfield Services announced the introduction of FracSense™, a diagnostic service to help E&P customers acquire more accurate diagnostic well data to optimize hydraulic fracture completions and well spacing.

DSL Listing By 2022? Hope For The Best, Prepare For The Worst

The dunes sagebrush lizard (DSL) finds it’s scaly, reptilian self at the center of a multi-year kerfuffle that might finally be coming to a head under the new Presidential administration.

Heightened DSL Risk On Display In Recent SEC Filings

With the DSL coming up more frequently in offline conversations with members, some of whom fear the worst on a listing event this year, Infill Thinking went digging in the risk disclosure section of 10ks for a) some carefully vetted background information and b) management takes on how this might impact completions and frac sand.

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Canadian Pacific Railway Limited: Kansas City Southern Deems CN’s Merger Proposal to Be Superior; Board Intends to Accept Deal

Kansas City Southern’s plan to accept a revised $30 billion merger offer from Canadian National Railway Co., which would junk a deal with Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd., throws a new wrench in the effort to create a track network that extends the length of North America.

Podcast: Net-Zero CO2 Emissions and Wet Frac Sand: Bonus Round!

In the third of a two-part series Richard and John discuss how challenges in implementing net-zero emission (NZE) plans could revise the (bearish) long-term outlook for oil and gas demand.

Partial Refund of Frac Sand Property Tax

Total comes to hundreds of thousands of dollars; school districts could also be affected.

Video: Here’s Why the World Could be Facing a Massive Sand Crisis

The world could be facing a shortage of an underappreciated yet crucial commodity in the years ahead: sand.

Australia: Perpetual Resources Signs MOU for Beharra Silica Sand Offtake with C&D Logistics Group

C&D Group is a supply chain logistics focused company actively sourcing raw materials for sale within China and also for provision to other C&D Group companies, including oil & gas uses.

UK: Consent for Wressle Proppant Squeeze

Union Jack Oil announced this morning that the proppant squeeze planned for the Wressle oil well in North Lincolnshire had been approved.

IEA: No More Oil and Gas Wells if World is to Reach Climate Target

Perhaps we should start tracking the methane emissions from the B.S. being emitted by these government agencies.

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