Sand Demand Could Surpass Historical Peak Levels

In a recent investor presentation, Emerge Energy Services (EMES) said, “Recently revised estimates from Wall Street analysts indicate sand demand will surpass historical peak levels by 2017.”

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Sand Prices Boosted by Addition of Drill Rigs

Shale drillers have added 158 rigs since May, according to Baker Hughes Inc. At the same time, companies such as Chesapeake Energy Corp. and EOG Resources Inc. have been increasing their efficiency by cramming more and more sand into individual wells, aiming to extend their reach miles further. That’s boosted sand prices roughly 25 percent to about $24 a ton, according to IHS Inc.

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USGS Estimates Wolfcamp Shale is a Monster

The Wolfcamp shale play in the Midland Basin portion of Texas’ Permian Basin province contains an estimated mean of 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cu. ft. of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, according to an assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). This estimate is for continuous (unconventional) oil, and consists of undiscovered, technically recoverable resources. 

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Fairmount Santrol Third-Quarter Report Offers Promise

Fairmount Santrol announced results for the third quarter of 2016. Third-quarter revenues were $134.8 million, up 18 percent from $114.2 million in the second quarter of 2016 and down 21 percent from $171.0 million for the third quarter of 2015. Overall volumes sold were 2.4 million tons for the quarter, an increase of 24 percent from 2.0 million tons in the second quarter of 2016 and an increase of 19 percent from 2.0 million tons in the third quarter of 2015.

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OmniTRAX Acquires Assets of Terracor Group

OmniTRAX Inc. has agreed to acquire all assets of Terracor Group, a frac sand logistics company, including three transload facilities with vertical silo storage in Texas and Montana. Included in the transaction is a high-quality frac sand mining opportunity located in Wisconsin.

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