Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #353 | December 22, 2021

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all our digest readers! As everyone wraps up their 2021, we read about what 2022 could look like. Wanted: frac sand truck drivers. LNG exports to increase (but maybe not like crazy). More shifts to in-basin sand with new mine construction. Rig count for 2022 looks very promising.


As we head into this new year, build your strategy with other industry leaders as we come together to discuss frac sand at the 7th Frac Sand Update in Houston, Feb 18.


Pour yourself that cup of coffee, wash it down with a glass of eggnog, and find the most important news stories from the past week.


And now, the news…

This Week's News

Texas Needs A Thousand More Sand Truck Drivers For 2022

Read about how Texas’s current market conditions will play into the demand for frac sand truck drivers next year.

More Drilling Equals Fewer Undiscovered Reserves in Bakken, Three Forks, Says USGS

The Williston Basin’s Bakken and Three Forks formations within Montana and North Dakota contain substantial natural gas and oil reserves yet to be discovered, but extensive drilling since 2013 has reduced the overall amount, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

U.S. Gas Exports Likely More Trickle Than Flood

Right now market conditions are creating an ideal negotiating position for potential U.S. liquefied natural gas export terminals, which chill and liquefy home-sourced natural gas to be shipped abroad.

A Quick Roundup Of New In-Basin Frac Sand Plants To Watch In 2022

A summary of the in-basin plants going into production in 2022 (there’s at least 15).

Court rules against proposed frac sand plant in Wisconsin

A state appeals court on Thursday refused to reinstate a permit for a proposed $75 million frac sand operation in western Wisconsin.

STB OKs Uinta Basin Railway Project

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) on Dec. 15 approved the construction and operation of the Uinta Basin Railway in Utah.

In 2021 The Shale Rig Count Did Something It Had Never Done Before

Just how stable was 2022’s rig count growth?

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Pressure Pumping Advancements That Make a Difference

Simul-fracs are one of the biggest methods gaining attention our there right now.

A Pressure Pumper’s Transload Table

It’s a pretty comprehensive list, good for getting handle on transload locations for major pressure pumper.

Myanmar: U.S. Faces Pressure to Sanction Myanmar’s Lucrative Energy Industry

Almost a year after Myanmar’s military seized power, the U.S. and other Western nations have levied several rounds of sanctions against the country, but they have yet to target the oil-and-gas industry, the junta’s main financial artery.

Saudi Arabia: Muadinoon Mining enhances frac sand production in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia: Muadinoon Mining enhances frac sand production in Saudi Arabia

Europe: Energy Crisis in Europe Intensifies With Russian Troops on Ukraine Border

Cold weather and fear of a Russian invasion of Ukraine send natural-gas prices into overdrive.

Permian Water Kerfuffle Heats Up With Another TX RRC Crackdown Before Year-End

The unprecedented 2021 TX RRC crackdown on SWD-induced seismicity in the Permian continues with one more big action taken by the TX Railroad Commission before year-end.

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