Frac Sand Weekly News Digest
September 20, 2017
Issue #133


Join more than 400 professionals from the frac sand supply chain in Houston next week at the 6th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference! Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the largest frac sand event of the year (and the largest one, potentially, ever!). Join us September 28 & 29 at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston for what promises to be a great event.

And don’t miss our free pre-conference event: The Frac Sand Equipment Expo, being held on Wednesday, September 27 at the Baytown Youth Fairgrounds from 9am-4pm. Free shuttle buses will be running all day from the Marriott Marquis to the Expo.

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What are looking to get out of the 6th Annual Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference?

If you are a part of this LinkedIn Group, I assume you are likely going to this conference. With that in mind, what are you hoping to get out of the conference? New clients? Information? Exposure for a new company?

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Permian’s first sand mine ramps up

Workers at Hi-Crush man heavy machinery in a pit at the region’s first sand mine, excavating an increasingly precious resource for an oil industry that sees the local sand as a way to lower the costs of Permian Basin oil wells.

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Hi-Crush’s Analyst Night Packed A Bigger Punch

While the Lions were busy pummeling the Giants 24-10 on Monday night, Hi-Crush was hosting an analyst day (or night as it were) for investors.

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Economics of Fracking in Texas May Shift with Planned Frac Sand Projects

A slew of planned West Texas frac sand mines and processing facilities could dramatically shift the economics of extracting Oil & Gas in Texas using hydraulic fracturing, according to speakers on September 13 at the 5th Frac Sand Conference in Denver, Colorado. The conference, attended by about 130 people, was organized by Industrial Minerals Events (London, England.)

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Hi-Crush Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Marks Milestone

Hi-Crush had its official ribbon cutting ceremony Monday afternoon at their newest factory location in Kermit County. Currently the sand mining company has four total Wisconsin based locations, and one in the Permian Basin. As of now it is the only sand mining location in the area.

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A 2nd Permian Basin Sand Mine Flips On The Switch

In this update we share the latest on frac sand mine openings in the Permian including an exclusive look at the very latest at the 2nd site coming online.

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Forbes: Texas Frac Sand In Demand

Millions of pounds of sand are pumped down each shale well in the hydraulic fracturing process, and while Wisconsin Northern White is still dominant, it is now used in only two-thirds of US fracs. That’s a lot of displaced market share, sources told Mergermarket. Regional Texas sand mines have become an attraction as companies bank on “Permian headlines” and a diversity of sand types.

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Permian Frac Sand: If We Mine It, Will They Come?

There’s a natural resource sitting above ground in oil-rich West Texas that’s in high demand this summer. Millions of tons of it, in fact. A field of sand dunes extends 200 miles in a crescent from New Mexico through the booming Permian Basin. Now the oil industry has taken a special interest in this sea of windblown formations.

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First sand mine in the Basin creates opportunities

Executives from the Texas-based company say they're excited to open their first branch in the Basin because they can distribute their product to local companies, without having to use trains or disturbing the environment.

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Atlas Moves South With Their Second Permian Basin Frac Sand Mine

We report breaking news from one of the new entrants in the Permian frac sand mine race. We think through some interesting angles about this new plant plan, this player’s second disclosed in the Permian Basin.

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Union Pacific restructures marketing and sales organization

The Omaha, Neb.-based Class I railway revealed it is redesigning its marketing and sales organization “to align with evolving customer needs.”

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Notes from Tudor Pickering Holts’ “Energy Thoughts” from Monday, September 18, 2017

Frac sand volumes still on the rise – in the world of proppants, logistics matter a great deal…an (updated) view from the rails (OIH $25) – We highlighted last quarter Class I rail data showing frac sand volumes moving higher at a rapid pace. Q2 data shows more of the same as frac sand volumes rose +19% q/q and have now surpassed peak 2014 levels (Q2’17 volumes ~7% higher than Q4’14).

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OmniTRAX appoints Mathieu president of energy solutions business

Pierre-Luc Mathieu has been named president of OmniTRAX Energy Solutions (OES), parent company OmniTRAX Inc. announced yesterday.

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Building Rock Solid Environmental And Safety Programs In The Shifting Sands Of West Texas

As the Permian frac sand mining story moves from the exploration phase to the execution phase, we thought it’d be interesting to get Tommy Mathews‘s view on the challenges and considerations that Permian miners should be thinking about as they enter production mode. The land grab is over. It’s time to mine sand.

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Sand plant identified in 'incidental taking' of rare snake

The proposed Meteor Timber sand processing facility in the town of Grant may result in the “incidental taking” of a rare snake, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

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Chieftain's Plan Confirmed After Smooth Ch. 11 Process

The peaceful Chapter 11 process of fracking sand company Chieftain Sand and Proppant LLC ended Thursday when a Delaware bankruptcy judge approved its consensual plan of liquidation that will see its estate wound down over the next few months.

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Sentencings of Four Winds employees postponed as Uresti cases proceed

A federal judge has postponed the sentencings of three former employees of a defunct frac sand company linked to a criminal case involving Texas State Sen. Carlos Uresti.

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Kansas company sues former FourWinds CEO Bates Over Lease of 170 Frac Sand Rail Cars

Legal troubles continue to dog Stan Bates, who next month is scheduled to stand trial with State Sen. Carlos Uresti on criminal fraud charges relating to a bankrupt oil field services company.

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