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Jul
29

Proppant Market Headed to Consolidation?

I’ve been waiting for over a year for someone to start talking about the opportunity for consolidation in the proppant and frac sand market. With a plethora of small operators, pricing expected to drop 9% per year for the next three years, and the top ten players...

Jul
28

The Largest Shipment of Frac Sand in History

Unimin, together with Union Pacific Railroad and Twin Eagle Sand Logistics, delivered a 140 car unit train to the Mission Rail Terminal in the heart of the Eagle Ford shale earlier this month. According to the San Antonio Business Journal, the unit train was powered by four...

Jul
27

Mexican Oil & Gas Reforms Move Forward

Despite a slow start to the Mexican oil & gas reform and bidding rounds, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the future of the oil & gas industry in Mexico. While they still have challenges to overcome (read this Forbes article on their two...

Jul
23

Frac Sand Boom is Here to Stay…or is it?

There are only a handful of people out there who do great research on the frac sand industry. Certainly the former PacWest guys (Samir Nangia and his team, now at IHS) are top notch, as is Isaac Orr from The Heartland Institute. It is interesting to see...

Jul
16

Positive News about Frac Sand

Despite slowing in hydraulic fracturing in North America due to variations in oil and gas prices, positive news continues to come for the frac sand industry and those serving it. Several recent articles highlight how the United States continues to dominate in the use and supply of...