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This Week’s Market Buzz

• WildHorse Resource Development reported that it is ahead of schedule in constructing an in-field sand mine in its Eagle Ford/Austin Chalk play area. Originally expected to come on line in the first quarter of next year, first sand loadings now are expected as soon as Nov. 1, with full operational capacity by the end of November. With in-basin sand supplies, the company said it anticipates saving $400,000 to $600,000 per well and improving Eagle Ford internal rates of return by up to 16 percent.

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• Several speakers and attendees at a recent frac sand conference held in Denver discussed recent mergers in the frac sand industry and predicted the still-overbuilt industry was ripe for a consolidation.

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• U.S. oilfield-service company Halliburton publicly blamed Canadian National Railway Co. (CN) for frac and sand delivery delays and said the issues would negatively impact its quarterly results by 10 percent. Jean-Jacques Ruest took over the reins at CN in March and has vowed “a sense of urgency” in fixing the company’s strategic issues.

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• Canadian industrial silica sand demand is projected to rise 6.7 percent annually to 9.81 million metric tons in 2022. Growth will be driven by the need for frac sand by oil and gas suppliers, who rely upon this sand to boost the productivity of existing wells. This and other trends are presented in “Global Industrial Silica Sand, 4th Edition,” a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm. Hydraulic fracturing will account for 82 percent of industrial silica sand demand in Canada in 2022. Increased sand utilization per well, and drilling techniques such as longer laterals and tighter frac clusters will account for gains in this market. The fastest increases for frac sand demand will occur in newer and smaller Canadian provinces such as British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

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• Adelphi Construction LC, owned by Industrial Accessories Co. (IAC), recently completed the design/build of two frac sand facilities for Preferred Sands in central Texas and is completing three more plants in parallel. The initial two projects included process and design engineering, site prep, wet plant, dry plant, silo storage, loadout, buildings and fully automated control. Upon commissioning of the plant, IAC and its contract team continued to support Preferred with operational expertise, programming and maintenance supplemental support. This allowed Preferred time to balance the wet and dry plant, increase the operational expertise of their staff and ramp production.

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