Westwood’s US unconventionals team use unique data and analysis from the Energent service to shine a light on the growing frac sand supply and demand imbalance

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The rise in horizontal drilling, multi-well pads, and high-intensity completions across the Lower 48 unconventional plays, led to a record level of proppant demand in 2018. Proppant is a key ingredient used during the hydraulic fracturing process to prevent fractures from closing. The most common proppant today is raw frac sand, but there here are different types of proppant including ceramic, resin coated, and raw frac sand.

In this white paper, the team at Energent consider how this market has changed, why, and the impact of higher consumption and falling prices on the frac sand demand and supply balance.

The conclusions challenge many existing analyst views on market demand of this critical piece of the unconventional supply chain.

The white paper contents include:

  • Recent developments
  • Demand
  • Supply
  • Methodology
  • Last mile drive time and cost analysis
  • Market outlook

This white paper is derived from the Frac Sand Outlook report, which is compiled using Energent’s proprietary database of the entire frac sand supply chain. The report is and maps available for purchase as a single report, or as part of a subscription.

Head of Unconventionals, Todd Bush, explains the Energent service and the US Frac Sand White Paper.


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