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Permian Traffic Accidents up 17% in 2018

A surge of activity has sprung up with the steady increase in price of WTI since the summer of 2017, most notably a 11.5% (+101 rigs) rise in rig count within the Permian Basin between June 2017 and April 2018. To support such activity, the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDot, has allocated approximately $2 billion towards the Energy Sector in the State of Texas expanding across more than 1,400 projects from 2016-2019.Included in the $2 billion is approximately $180...

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Has Anadarko cracked the code in the DJ Basin?

The operator stated in its first-quarter 2017 operations report that a new completion design is being tested in their Colorado acreage. The new design involves increased fluid volumes coupled with tighter stage spacing. The report also states early results of the new design show improvements of more than 10% cumulative oil to date, with their fourth-quarter 2017 operations report estimating a 20% uplift in EURs.One crucial part of the puzzle, proppant amount, is not mentioned in the reports. Energent took...

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In-Basin Sand Report: New Winkler Mines Change Frac Sand Landscape

New sand mines are changing frac sand pricing and logistics dynamics. The mines are concentrated in and around Winkler county in the heart of the Permian Basin.With 28% growth in Permian rigs, service companies and operators are reducing costs with new sand supply coming online in West Texas. Permian and SCOOP/STACK are leading the rig count growth (see sample page below). Drilling rigs targeting continue to dominate the drilling market.  Will the in-basin frac sand trend continue to other plays? Logistics Hold...

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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. Frac sand demand in the Delaware and Midland Basins is expected to increase. E&Ps have increased the proppant per lateral foot by 31% in the last year, with public E&Ps citing the transportation and logistics constraint as a concern, not frac sand supply. Regional replacement? Based on...

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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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