Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #350 | December 1, 2021

We hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving with your family or friends. We certainly enjoyed ours, and I may have justified one-too-many slices of pie.


As we wrap up a busy 2021 and look forward into 2022, there are some great articles in this week’s newsletter: an Argentinian fashion company turning frac sand bags into hand bags, reactions to the releasing of the SRO, Infill’s annual survey results, and much more! Register soon for the Frac Sand Industry Update in February as well so that you can hear from the industry leaders and decision makers on what is happening in our frac sand world. Our space is limited!


And now, the news…



This Week's News

U.S. Silica Announces Price Increases on Industrial and Specialty Products

U.S. Silica announced that its Industrial and Specialty Products business will increase prices for most of its non-contracted silica sand.

How Shale Insiders Are Dealing With 2022 Cost Inflation – Real Life Mitigation Strategies

The results from Infill’s annual industry survey including mitigation strategies, concerns, and price changes.

Oil Companies Got Their Hedges Clipped

Investors are demanding more from oil companies this year: More spending discipline, more cash returns, more details around energy transition strategies. They should add one more thing to the list: More humility.

Meet HDT's 2021 Top Green Fleets

Shoutout to Matt Detmar and the Detmar Logistics team for being named one of the top green fleets in the country.

Overwhelming Concern Around Two Key Painpoints For 2022 Shale

What are the biggest industry surveyed pain points for early 2022 (hint: it’s not COVID or regulation…)

OPEC Weighs Shift in Oil Policy After Crude Release

Top oil producers Saudi Arabia and Russia are considering a move to pause their recent efforts to provide the world with more crude, according to people familiar with those discussions, after Washington and other countries said they would release a slug of stored oil in an effort to lower prices.

Fracking fashion: Argentine designers turns shale sand bags into handbags

An Argentine fashion firm has found a new source of inspiration - and materials - in an unlikely location: oil industry burlap plastic sacks from the country's huge Vaca Muerta shale formation, which they recycle to make shoes, bags and purses.

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More Local Nameplate Capacity For The Permian Next Year

There are plans to bring online a new large-scale, permanent Permian frac sand plant – the first in quite some time.

Why Is Biden Tapping the Strategic Oil Reserve, and Will That Lower Gas Prices?

The Biden administration said last Tuesday that it would release 50 million barrels of oil from its Strategic Petroleum Reserve in a coordinated effort with other countries to bring down gasoline prices.

Sunny Frac Sand Demand Forecast For The Permian

A positive outlook on sand demand for the Permian – see how 2022 quarterly projections compare to the past 4 years.

Major fixes to state-owned railroad bridges in downtown Janesville will aid transport of goods

It will take at least a year of planning, but a congested, half-mile-long stretch of state-owned railroad track through downtown Janesville, WI is in line for $11.6 million worth of improvements.

Productivity of hydraulic fractures with heterogeneous proppant placement and acid etched walls

Academic research regarding the productivity of heterogeneous proppant placement.

Argentina: Channel Fracturing Long Term Evaluation Shows Increased Recovery Rate, San Jorge Gulf Basin, Argentina

Academic research showing increased recovery rates in channel fracturing in Argentina.

Jefferies Stick to Their Buy Rating for Eagle Materials Inc

Analyst Philip Ng reiterated a Buy rating on Eagle Materials (NYSE:EXP) Inc on Tuesday, setting a price target of $180, which is approximately 9.50% above the present share price of $164.38.

California denies most fracking permits ahead of 2024 ban

California regulators haven’t approved permits for fracking since February, effectively phasing out the process ahead of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s 2024 deadline to end it.

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