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Permian Frac Sand Mine Scattershooting Part 2

Over the past several weeks, we have spoken with many industry contacts close to the Permian Basin frac sand mining scene. Our channel checks have revealed insights on geology, plant progress, challenges, tone shift, and contracting activity. In a two part series starting last week and concluding today, we are …

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Permian Frac Sand Mine Scattershooting Part 1

Over the past several weeks, we have spoken with many industry contacts close to the Permian Basin frac sand mining scene. Our channel checks have revealed insights on geology, plant progress, challenges, and contracting activity. In a two part series starting today and concluding next week, we are chronicling some …

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Mammoth Prices A 3-Year Take Or Pay Frac Sand Contract At $44/ton

Mammoth Energy Services announced Thursday that it has signed a three-year take or pay deal to provide Wisconsin frac sand to an undisclosed pressure pumper. The contract contemplates annual volumes of 720,000 tons comprised of several different grades including 20/40, 30/50, and 40/70. We have thoughts on pricing relative to recent benchmarks, what …

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For Most Sand Miners, This Bad News Is Actually Good

Is it counterintuitive to view a court ruling against an industry participant’s expansion plans as a good thing? Yes. However, in a niche where oversupply fears have crushed the stocks of publicly traded incumbents, maybe a legal governor on the expansion plans of the few can serve the greater good. …

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EOG Resources On Multi-Laterals, The Next Big Thing, & Competitive Advantage In Shale [Follow The Leaders]

Over the past two weeks, three different EOG execs spoke at three different investor conferences. Reviewing their commentary and separating signal from noise, here’s the latest on this E&P leader’s field tactics and development strategy. There’s a lot more to this story… To read this update and receive our research newsletters, you must …

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Fridays In March 2017 [Recap]

As an Infill Thinking subscriber, you have some very good company. Executives, analysts, traders, salesmen, investors, academics, attorneys, regulators, and engineers from all across the oilfield now take Infill Thinking. We are humbled by the brain power of the folks we write for. That’s why we decided to do something …

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Hi-Crush Now Hiring Miners In Kermit

  The first chapter in the Permian Basin frac sand mining story was the land grab (who was buying what where) and debate on viability. The 2H17 chapter will be execution, lab results, construction progress, and sales (whose construction is on time, whose deposit is better). One of the best datapoints to …

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Halliburton’s New CEO Talks Sand, Stage Pricing, Labor Shortage, Frac Newbuilds, Sandbox, One-Stim, Int’l Outlook

Newly minted Halliburton CEO Jeff Miller spoke earlier this morning at the UBS conference in Austin, TX. Although he’s no stranger to the investment community, this was his first presentation since being named Dave Lesar’s successor. In a wide-ranging “fireside chat,” Jeff shared market insight on frac sand availability, logistics, completions …

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Infill Thinking Research Findings Are Making News Thursday Morning

  In a feature story on Bloomberg News Thursday morning, several research updates issued by Infill Thinking recently are featured prominently. Check out Joe Carroll’s latest must-read below… Fracking Crew Shortage May Push Oil’s Biggest Bubble Into 2018 Shale explorers pushing to expand oil production are struggling to find enough fracking crews …

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What’s Going On In Culberson County?

Last week after scouring air permit data, we identified a new sand mine site in Culberson County Texas In conversations with readers offline, the potential mine’s location has come up several times as a sticking point. Could this sand be stranded if indeed it is pointed at the frac industry? (questions …

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Weatherford Finally Focuses On Process Over Outcome

A portfolio manager I worked for in a prior life always said “focus on process not outcome.” It’s a helpful way of approaching problem solving and decision making by shutting out the distraction of daily progress toward goal. At the end of the day, outcome is all that really matters to stakeholders …

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