Frac Sand Weekly News Digest

Nick Cook, Editor

Issue #418 | April 12, 2023

Next Friday is frac sand’s biggest Spring networking and educational event (The Update). Leading up to it, we’re seeing the M&A conversations in NA shale overall increase as a result of the Exxon rumors.


Time to dig into your Wednesday morning source of frac sand’s latest and greatest.


And now, the news…

This Week's News

DJ Basin Operators Finally Get Some Local Sand

Since 2018/2019 there have been rumors off and on about local frac sand mines in the Colorado DJ Basin.

ExxonMobil And Pioneer: A Match Made In Las Colinas

Rumors of a potential buyout of big Permian Basin producer Pioneer Natural Resources by ExxonMobil have circulated periodically for years now, long before Pioneer made the decision to become a so-called “pure play” company focused solely on the most prolific oil and gas region in the U.S.

Active Frac Fleet Count Trends

Chart with the latest trends un active frac fleet counts.

Exxon Deal Hunt Signals Possible Shale M&A Wave

Drillers are flush with cash, and their concerns about inventories and high costs are seen leading to deals.

Haynesville Damp Sand Trends

Although Permian gets most of the damp sand attention, here's look at the latest wet vs. dry sand trends in the Haynesville.

Liberty Buys Permian-focused Siren, Launches New Alternative Fuel Unit

Siren Energy is an integrated natural gas compression and CNG delivery business focused on the Permian Basin.

Here’s Something We Are Are Not Used To Seeing In A Sold-Out Frac Market

Even given the trends in frac fleets, this one comes as a surprise.

Canada: Athabasca Minerals Announces Sand Supply Agreement and Strategic Transload Agreement

The Sand Agreement provides a minimum commitment of 20,000 U.S. tons per month of 40/70 frac sand with the option for the customer to purchase additional volumes.

An Interesting Bifurcation In 1Q23 Rig Count Trends

Whether rig count is down or up depends more and more on who you ask these days.

Exxon Mobil: Eyes on the Permian Prize

Possible Pioneer Natural Resources deal is a sign of the times, good and bad, for big oil

Texas driller offers Ohio ‘potential’ of nearly $2 billion to frack Salt Fork State Park

While Encino’s offer was rejected, it’s likely a foreshadowing of more to come after a new state law effectively forced opened the door for companies seeking to drill under Ohio’s state parks, some of which sit on Marcellus and Utica shale formations.

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