Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #347 | November 3, 2021

Start today with all the latest in the frac sand world. In this week’s digest: inflationary trends, simul-fracs on earnings calls, investors starting to put more back into oil and natural gas, and more!

And now, the news…



This Week's News

BIG News For The Marcellus Shale Frac Supply Chain

Antero management told investors on Thursday morning that they intend to bring online a large scale in-basin frac sand plant in the Marcellus before year-end.

Liberty Oilfield Activity, Prices Rising, but ‘Serious Supply Chain Issues’ Impact 3Q

While Liberty benefited from service price increases in 3Q2021, it was “not immune to the serious supply chain issues the world faces today as faster cost increases more than offset higher prices during the period,” the CEO said.

All Eyes On Shale Well Cost Inflationary Trends

On the one hand, high commodity prices help to offset rising costs for E&P operators. On the other hand, hedges in place through mid-2022 may force some E&P organizations to pass through a period of friction where costs move ahead of their own sales price.

Permian Basin source of almost a third of U.S. oil production. Companies capitalize on growth.

Permian Basin oil production resurged this year, bringing continued expansion in facilities throughout the region and industry aimed to accommodate the growing operations.

IAC Frac Sand Support

Counting Frac Crews & Rigs By Company

Infill Thinking has summarized the active frac and rig counts disclosed by each OFS and E&P company to report so far this earnings season, starting with the E&Ps.

SM Energy (SM) Q3 2021 Earnings Call Transcript

“We tested a number of things like simul fracking and other optimizations.” – Herb Vogel, SM CEO

Patterson-UTI Energy Inc (PTEN) Q3 2021 Earnings Call Transcript

“We also benefited from a higher level of simul frac work” – William Hendricks, Patterson-UTI CEO

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10% Upside To Rig Count In 4Q21 E&Ps Say

The US onshore rig count per Baker Hughes added 2 units to 529 rigs working this week. The US land rig count is now up 289 rigs from the 2020 trough in August.

Is A Bidding War About To Begin For This Remarkable Oil Tech?

Shares of Petroteq Energy Inc saw $6.6 million in trading volume on Tuesday alone after news of a $500-million takeover offer from Viston United Swiss AG.

China Binges on U.S. Gas to Manage Energy Shortage, Carbon Footprint

Record U.S. liquefied natural gas exports to China contrast to just a couple of years ago during the trade war.

US Silica’s Latest Frac Sand Market Outlook

Northern White Sand was 40% of frac sand sales in 3Q21 for US Silica, higher natural gas prices are weighing on their margins, and more.

Bond Investors Embrace Fossil Fuels During a Sustainability Push

Yields on speculative-grade energy company debt are near record lows, fueling a surge in issuance by players in sector.

Oil Search pushes on: Applies to form Alaska North Slope Horseshoe unit, sell-down effort continues

On Oct. 26 Alaska’s Division of Oil and Gas posted an Oct. 22 revised application from Oil Search Alaska to form a 150,556-acre Horseshoe unit. If approved, 40 state leases and 12 federal leases will be in the proposed unit west of the central North Slope.

Investors Buy Oil on Inflation Fears, Pushing Prices Even Higher

Fund managers are buying energy futures to protect against inflation and creating a self-fulfilling prophecy in the process.

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