Frac Sand Weekly News Digest
October 4, 2017
Issue #135

10 Interesting Things We Learned During Last Week’s Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference

Want to know what a ton of frac sand is going for in the Permian spot market? Want to know what could cut 30% of trucking capacity out of the market? Want to know what has everyone in the oilfield on edge these days? Want to know what people expect from Permian sand mining? What’s the latest on outbound rail and DSL and direct sourcing? We’ve got all the answers for you from notes we took on the sidelines of the industry’s biggest trade show last week.

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West Texas inSANDity Continues in the Permian

Last week in Houston at the Frac Sand Supply & Logistics Conference, all signs pointed towards more sand per lateral foot, more mines in the Permian, and more trucks to deliver frac sand to the wellsite.

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Miner Sibelco Weighs Acquisition of Fairmount Santrol

Belgian mining firm SCR-Sibelco NV is considering an acquisition of Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. after the U.S. frack sand miner lost more than half its market value this year, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Stop The Printers… Everyone’s Slides Are Outdated… Yet Another Permian Mine Just Announced

As the industry’s movers and shakers gathered over breakfast this morning, a leading sand producer dropped the news of their second planned facility in the Permian Basin derailing who knows how many conversations… Here’s our quick thoughts and details.

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U.S. Silica to Build Second Frac Sand Plant in Permian Basin

U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (SLCA) said that it intends to construct a second frac sand mine and plant in West Texas to cater the fast-growing Permian Basin. The state-of-the-art facility is expected to produce around 2.6 million tons annually.

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We Still Can’t Find This Mine, But We Found The Job Ads…

We are tracking 19 new frac sand mines worth 70mmtpa in the Permian Basin. We know where all but one of them are. We got some indication that the mystery site is moving forward this week, but we still don’t have a location…

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EMES: Frac Sand Rising

Emerge Energy Services LP (NYSE:EMES) primarily mines, produces and distributes silica sand, which is a crucial component of the hydraulic fracking process. EMES is positioned to service customers throughout the United States and Canada and is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas with primary sand operations residing in Texas and Wisconsin.

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Winona's frac sand ban gets its day in court

The lawsuit to determine the legality of the frac sand ban enacted by Winona County will get its first day in court Tuesday. A motion hearing will take place at 1:45 p.m. in Third Judicial District Court at the Winona County Courthouse.

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Riding The Rails: Canadian Train Stocks

U.S. rail stocks may be losing their steam. On Monday, Morgan Stanley analyst Ravi Shanker downgraded CSX Corporation (NASDAQ: CSX) and Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP) and said investors should be hopping aboard Canadian rail stocks Canadian National Railway (USA) (NYSE: CNI) and Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (USA) (NYSE: CP) instead.

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A tiny lizard is messing with mining stocks in the hottest oil region in America

The dunes sagebrush lizard grows to just a few inches long, but it's having an outsized impact on America's hottest oil-producing basin. Shares of sand miners have been roiled in recent months by concerns that a campaign to protect the lizard could disrupt surging mining activity in West Texas.

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Report: Sand miners disturbing threatened West Texas lizard's habitat

Sand mining operations in oil-rich West Texas have disturbed at least 292 acres of a threatened lizard’s habitat this year — and could impact up to 23,000 acres, according to an advocacy group's analysis published Monday.

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Frac Sand Market Roiled by New Capacity, Logistical Challenges

The industrial sand market is dramatically expanding its capacity with new mines planned for Texas and Oklahoma, but speakers and attendees at a recent frac sand conference in Denver expressed little concern about a possible price collapse. The reason? The ever-rising amounts of frac sand used to hydraulically fracture Oil & Gas wells.

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Shale Support Holdings Expands Marcellus-Utica Frac Sand Business via Partnership with Tidewater Logistics

Shale Support Holdings, which says it is a leading provider of frac sand and logistical solutions to the oil and gas proppant market (headquartered in Texas, with an operations center in Mississippi), is stepping up its presence in the Marcellus/Utica region with a partnership with Tidewater Logistics.

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Detmar Logistics expanding in San Angelo

Detmar Logistics LLC, a company that deals with the transportation and logistics of frac sand, has new incentive to expand its San Angelo location. As part of the Business Expansion and Retention Program, the City of San Angelo Development Corp. voted unanimously Wednesday, Sept. 27, to provide Detmar with an Economic Development Incentive, authorizing the use of up to $300,000 of the city’s sales and tax funds toward the expansion.

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CRU Railcar Services and Rescar join forces to offer high quality tank car cleaning and repairs

Rail rolling stock maintenance giant Rescar Companies (Rescar) has signed a deal with The Woodlands-based The CRU Group under which subsidiary CRU Railcar Services will provide tank car cleaning and switching services for Rescar's new Fast Track location within the Alamo Junction Rail Park in Elmendorf, TX located twenty (20) miles south of San Antonio, TX.

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Mathieu new chief of OmniTRAX energy unit

OmniTRAX, Inc., announced that Pierre-Luc Mathieu will lead OmniTRAX Energy Solutions (OES) as president, effective immediately. OES comprises the company’s offerings to the proppant supply chain, including terminals in several basins, transload operations and Arrows Up, LLC a containerized proppant delivery and storage solution provider.

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Maryland becomes third state to ban fracking

Maryland will become the third U.S. state to permanently ban hydraulic fracturing today, ending several years of debate over whether to allow the gas-extraction method. Passage of the fracking ban was one of the surprises of the 2017 legislative session in Annapolis, coming after Republican Gov. Larry Hogan announced that he had changed his position on the bill and would support it.

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Scotland extends ban on fracking ‘indefinitely’

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Sen. Carlos Uresti loses bid to dismiss one of his 22 charges

A federal judge Monday rejected Texas Sen. Carlos Uresti’s request to dismiss one of the 22 charges against him in a case involving a now-defunct oil field services company.

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Sand supply to struggle to keep up with demand

The use of sand in construction will drive demand, putting pressure on supply, according to recent analysis by BMI Research. Higher scrutiny of the fragmented sand mining industry by regulators will also hamper its ability to keep up with market needs.

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