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Permian Sand Mines Add 35 Million Tons of Frac Sand By Summer 2018

During the first half of 2017, there were over 15 mines permitted or approved by Texas regulators. The sand rush of 2017 turned investor eyes towards the frac sand business.  Private capital supports many of the new companies entering the West Texas sand market. The Summer of Sand Frac sand companies aggressively leased and acquired positions in the heart of the Permian Basin in (and around) Winkler County Texas.The large public companies, like US Silica, Hi-Crush, and Fairmount Santrol announced mines coming online...

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The Sand Plateau, Cashless Profits, and More From Earnings Season

Key Trends:Pressure pumpers continue to see utilization rates rise for equipment while trying to keep up with the demand of hiring new crews. Operators hold plans steady during the quarter with some reducing CAPEX plans for the year due to lower than expected commodity prices. DUC count rises due to increased rig activity in the first half of the year as operators put a focus on drawing down inventory. Drillers continue to push for rig automation to reduce boots...

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DUCs Head North for Summer

Publicly traded E&Ps and service companies are entering a Q2 earnings season anticipating a slowdown across the unconventional plays. In Halliburton’s (NYSE: HAL) second quarter earnings call Dave Lesar said, ”rig count growth is showing signs of plateauing and customers are tapping the brakes.”  With oil prices under $50 per barrel and oil supply at record levels, expect a pullback in Permian, Eagle Ford, DJ-Niobrara, and Bakken drilling activity. The steady increase of horizontal drilling rigs and infrastructure needs in...

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Parsley Energy Grows Drilling Inventory 73% with Permian Acquisition

Parsley Energy (NYSE: PE) announced in its Q1’17 earnings call that it had closed the acquisition of about 71,000 acres and associated assets in the Permian Basin from Double Eagle Energy Permian LLC. The acquisition — which spans Dawson, Andrews, Martin, Howard, Midland, Glasscock, Upton, and Reagan Counties — increases Parsley’s total leasehold in the Permian to about 230,000 net acres and grows its net drilling inventory (in terms of locations in priority target zones) by 73 percent:Source: Parsley Energy...

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Mammoth Reports Growth in Pressure Pumping, Frac Sand Production, Directional Drilling

On May 3, 2017, Mammoth Energy Service, Inc. (NASDAQ: TUSK) hosted its quarterly earnings call to report results from Q1’17. Highlights included a dramatic increase in YOY pressure pumping activity, progress on two key frac sand production facility acquisitions, and growth in the company’s directional drilling fleets.Mammoth reported Q1 spending of about $31 million, most of which is tied to delivery of 75,000 HHP and associated equipment ordered in November 2016. Other factors includeAcquisition of three high-pressure fleets totaling...

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Is History Repeating in the US Pressure Pumping Market?

Since 2012, the percantage of horizontal rigs running in the Permian Basin has steadily increased. The percent of horizontal rigs in the Permian grew from 14% in January 2013 to 27% in January 2015. Now, the Permian accounts for over 42% of the active horizontal rigs in the US land market.This year the Permian gained 100 horizontal rigs, a 46% increase in horizontally directed rigs. The year-over-year horizontal rig increase is a staggering 174% for the prolific basin. At this...

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Schlumberger-Weatherford JV Could Challenge Halliburton

On March 24, 2017, Weatherford and Schlumberger announced a proposed joint venture to deliver completions products and services for the development of unconventional plays in the United States and Canada. Going by the name OneStim, the venture will boast one of the largest hydraulic fracturing fleets in the industry, possibly rivaling that of Halliburton.Schlumberger’s hydraulic fracturing fleet currently has 2 million horsepower and Weatherford’s is estimated at 800,000-1 million HHP. The combined horsepower as OneStim exceeds BJ Services’ 1.9 million...

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NOV Banks on Growing Demand for Longer Laterals, Improved Monitoring

On April 27, 2017, National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) released its Q1’17 results to investors in its quarterly earnings call. During the first quarter, the company booked orders for75,000 HHP additional hydraulic fracturing equipment, bringing the company’s 2017 total to 150,000 HHP 30 high-spec well servicing rigs, featuring components that optimize a rig’s ability to adapt to a variety of applications, including extended lateral completions 16 NOVOS™ rig operating systems, which automate drilling activities and leverage real-time data for optimizing...

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