Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #355 | January 12, 2022

Strong articles this week. Some great insights on how Wisconsin sand forecasts are looking. Still only reporting optimistic outlooks across the industry. Announcement too combining two of the industry’s biggest movements: simul-fracs and ESG. Really remarkable research coming out of Texas A&M (shoutout to my alma mater) where they are 3D-printing wells to simulate and determine the most effective proppant concentrations and types for fracking.


As you read every week in our newsletter, growth is happening but it’s important to get the right connections to ride this wave. Come join us next month at the 7th Annual Frac Sand industry Update to meet the folks to help make 2022 a successful year for everyone. For anyone coming from out of town for the update, you can still get our discounted rate at the Hyatt Regency across the street.


For anyone interested in buying a wash plant, there’s an article in the digest with details.


And now, the news…

This Week's News

Permian Trucking Shortage Improves 20-50%. Now A Big Freight Rate Reset Is Underway

What’s new in the trucking pain point for the frac supply chain this week?

Analysts: Wisconsin's volatile frac sand industry has stabilized

After more than a decade of alternating boom-and-bust cycles, the regional frac sand industry appears to be stabilizing — at least for now.

Permian E&P Operators Begin 2022 With A Cheery Disposition

Speaking at an investor conference this week, several public E&P companies made notable disclosures about their 2022 mindset and outlook.

Evolution Well Services Partners with a Permian Leader on Lower Carbon Electric Simul-frac Operations

Evolution Well Services announces a long-term electric hydraulic fracturing contract with a Permian Basin operator to begin in Q4 2022.

2022 Shale Well Cost Inflation Expectations Are Too Low

What are we hearing about well costs moving higher? What’s the next shoe to drop? What were folks expecting vs. what’s coming down the pipe?

Demand for Wisconsin frac sand increased slightly in 2021

Some oil and natural gas companies in places like Texas have turned to the Badger State's "northern white" sand to fill gaps caused by production problems at local mines.

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Everybody Is Talking Up 2022 – First The Pumpers, Then The E&Ps, Now The Drillers… Who’s Next?

Rig count and frac count were exceptionally resilient through year end, with little to no holiday slowdown apparent in our market research (“little” meaning a slowdown in completions rate, not crews standing down off pads).

Wanna Buy a Wash Plant?

There is a 250 TPH Frac Sand Wash Plant available for purchase in Wisconsin.

Trucking Crunch Update Plus New CNG Trucks Roll Out In Frac Sand Land

Trucking talking points from last week’s painful strain in the frac supply chain.

Student explores applications of 3D printing in well stimulation research

Texas A&M University graduate researcher Gabriel Tatman has utilized 3D printing to recreate fractures in a way that reveals proppant and diverter behavior as part of a joint industry project.

In Memoriam: Scott Pegram

Scott was very well known in the industry and very well liked by everyone that had the good fortune to cross his path. He has been highly visible in the frac business over the past 5-10 years.

EU: Natural-Gas Crisis Pushes German Utilities Into Dash for Cash

European energy companies are racing to secure billions of euros in funds, a sign of the financial strains caused by dramatic moves in natural-gas and power prices this winter.

Shaky Ground: Railroad Commission Takes Much-Needed Stand On Oil Field Earthquakes

Jason Jennaro, frac-sand-to-oilfield-water-guy, writes a great post on what’s going on with the RRC’s recent push to restrict wastewater disposal from fracking.

Canada: Calima back to strong oil production figures in Canada

After a pre-Christmas hiccup, the company believes it is now back on target to reach its goal of 4,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day, or “boe/d” in February after a workover of the Leo 3 well.

What’s up with Frac Sand ’22 Supply & Demand?

The big question on everyone’s mind is figuring out how 2022 will play out.

Can Energy Stocks Stay Hot in 2022?

Limited oil and gas supply is also likely to keep prices high. A recent research note from UBS suggested that oil could stay above $80 a barrel in 2022; it’s around $80 now.

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