Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #324 | May 26, 2021

There are some important articles in this week’s Frac Sand News Digest:  sand trucking market share, the dunes Sagebrush Lizard, fleet electrification, a major sand mine up for auction, and plenty more.  Before we jump in, results from last week’s survey were interesting.  We had asked where we should hold the big Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference in 2022.  The survey winner was to return to San Antonio, with a tie for second place between holding it in the DFW area and (this is the surprise) holding it in Albuquerque.  We’ll start looking at venue options in San Antonio, but we might reach out to some DFW and Albuquerque venues as well, to see if they make an offer we cannot refuse!

 

No survey this week.  Shoot me a note if you have any suggestions for other survey topics.  Have a great rest of the week!

 

And now, the news…

This Week's News

Texas Frac Sand Hauling Market Share

Quantifying frac sand hauling market share by carrier in Texas is a Herculean task, so before going any further, we have to slap the old “take this with a grain of salt” disclaimer on this exercise.

Detmar Logistics Partners with Hyliion Partners for Fleet Electrification

Their first collaboration with a company serving the oil and gas industry, Hyliion will work closely with Detmar as they initiate the electrification of their fleet over the next five years.

First Mover Electrifying The Frac Sand Hauling Fleet

Hyliion, a provider of electrified powertrain solutions for Class 8 commercial trucks, this morning announced a new partnership with Detmar Logistics to initiate the electrification of Detmar’s sand hauling fleet over the next five years.

Is There Really A Truck Driver Shortage?

"There is no shortage," says Todd Spencer, the president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA). His organization represents more than 150,000 mostly self-employed truck drivers around the country.

A Conversation With The CCAA Administrator About The Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

Infill Thinking provides a great interview with Candidate Conservation Agreement With Assurances (CCAA) Administrator Chris Jensen.

10th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference

U.S. Adds More Than 100 Rigs so Far This Year as Crude Rebounds

U.S. drillers have brought more than than 100 drilling rigs into operation so far this year, another milestone in the industry’s recovery from the pandemic-driven oil bust.

MidCon Drilling Market Lagged But Shows Encouraging Signs Of Life Now

With WTI at $65, the Oklahoma drilling markets are playing some notable catch up in April and May 2021, with rig counts snapping back across the basin.

Cabot Oil & Gas to Merge with Cimarex Energy

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. plans to merge with Cimarex Energy in an all-stock deal that values the combined company at $17 billion.

WSJ: Fracking Companies Continue Consolidation as Cabot, Cimarex Form $14 Billion Firm

The all-stock merger brings together shale drillers in different regions, aiming to guard against commodity price swings

Shale Well Costs Are Still Collapsing Even Though OFS Prices Have Stopped Going Down

The pursuit of sustainable well cost savings is alive and well, and it’s paying dividends in E&P land. Tight oil economics have never been better, not even at $100 oil, as E&Ps find ways to pound well costs into the ground.

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Hi-Crush Proppants Liquidating Whitehall Frac Sand Mine

A company that was once one of Wisconsin's biggest producers of frack sand is liquidating one of four state mines.

Company Now Accepting Offers for Whitehall Assets

Asset list and pictures available online, with easy way to make offers.

The IEA Sees The End Of Oil And Gas Investment (But Don’t Bet On It)

Those calling for an end to fossil fuel investment and use will no doubt consider themselves vindicated by the apparent support for their position. But the IEA is actually describing what is necessary to achieve net zero GHG emissions by 2050, not predicting what will happen. If anything, it should bolster arguments that the net zero goals are seriously unrealistic.

Proposed Frack Rules Draw Fire

The U.S. Department of Interior has proposed new rules for hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells on federal lands, but criticism is coming from environmental advocates as well as industry leaders in New Mexico.

Part 1. The Pursuit Of Proppant – Unheralded But Significant Ingredient In Fracking Operations.

One aspect of fracking that has avoided serious criticism is proppant, the tiny sand grains that are pumped down the well with high-pressure water that cracks up the rock. It has continued to quietly go about its work without much attention and without much praise. But that may be about to change.

Part 2. Is DEEPROP A Missing Ingredient For More Efficient Fracking In Shale Wells?

Interesting article, though a bit too much of a sales pitch.

SPE Tech Talk: Solving Sand Management Shortcomings

TETRA Technologies, explores both tangible and economical solutions to overcome the challenges of sand management in post-frac production.

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