Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #384 | August 3, 2022

Jam-packed digest this week. New in-basin Uinta sand mine planned is some of the biggest news, but don’t miss the lawsuit updates, outlook on supplies, and maybe a little M&A(?)


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And now, the news…

This Week's News

New Frac Sand Entrant Planning Local Sand Mine In Uinta Basin

Late last week, the BLM opened a public scoping period on a proposed new frac sand mine operation in Utah.

Chevron Permian Drilling, Fracturing Efficiency Doubled in Four Years, Says Exec

Simul-frac operations, now allow four wells to be completed at a time, reducing cycle time by a quarter, management said.

Frac Newbuilds Are On The Way – Here’s Who Is Adding & How Much

Combing through earnings calls, we see which pressure pumpers are increasing their fleets even more.

Limited frack supply could hamper U.S. crude oil output

A "perfect storm" of frac sand and labor shortages, inflation, and limited inventory of fleets that can be reactivated after going idle in 2020.

Frac Sand Buzz. Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire? Maybe…

A potential M&A in the frac sand world coming soon?

Why aren’t oil companies drilling on their 9,000 land leases?

“You know, if the federal government is complaining about 9,000 leases, not having anything done with them — well, that’s just a very small fraction of the total amount of leased acreage out there,” said Hugh Daigle.

US Silica’s New Market Outlook

Key takeaways from US Silica's upbeat earnings call.

Capital Now Provides $500K Factoring Facility to Frac Sand Trucking Company

Capital Now provided a $500,000 factoring credit facility to a frac sand trucking company in Red Deer, AB.

Pressure Pumper vs. Frac Sand Lawsuit Update As Hi-Crush Recently Fired Back

Hi-Crush filed in response to UPP’s petition, outlining their side of the story in quite a bit of detail.

America’s New Energy Crisis

Fossil fuel plants are closing faster than green alternatives can replace them. Producers of oil and gas can’t keep up with a surge in demand. How did this happen, and what will it take to fix it?

Shale Rig Pricing Is Moving Up At Record Pace, With Spot Dayrates Eclipsing A Key Milestone

Of course now the question becomes: when will the rig contractors add meaningful Super Spec rig capacity (via newbuilds or more extensive retrofit/reactivation capex)?

Fracking Equipment Shortage Adds To Shale Drillers' Woes

The report cited the chief executive of NexTier Oilfield Solutions, a fracking company, as saying, "Availability of frac fleets is one of main bottlenecks impeding oil and natural as production growth for the next 18 months."

And The Frac Beats Go On, Da-da-dum, da-dum, da-da

First Halliburton, then Liberty, and now Nextier and RPC Inc have all beat consensus expectations for 2Q22 and raised guidance ahead of expectations for coming quarters.

Proposed quarry looks to mine fracking sand near Dinosaur

A quarry has been proposed on public land in Utah’s Uinta Basin just outside Dinosaur National Monument, where operators hope to extract sand for use in the oil and gas industry’s fracking operations.

Commentary: Proppants: Are You Getting What You Pay For?

Pure silica sand is the second hardest material on earth second only to diamonds. It has weathered millennia in the elements, undergone metamorphic stresses, rolled around in ancient seabeds and spent thousands of years being blown around expansive desert regions.

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