TX sand news: supplying Eagle Ford, easing Permian flowback issue

By Luke Geiver | January 09, 2019

Frack sand season is still in full swing across Texas. In South Texas, Chesapeake energy has signed an agreement with Emerge Energy Services. Chesapeake will use sand procured from Superior Silica Sands LLC, a subsidiary of Fort Worth-based Emerge, for its Eagle Ford growth operations.

The sand will be sourced from Superior’s mine near San Antonio. The agreement is only part of Emerge’s 2019 sand plans. In addition to the Superior plant announcement, the company also recently opened a wet sand processing facility in south Texas and will continue to source Northern White frack sand in 2019. The San Antonio plant supplying sand to Chesapeake is currently in the process of ramping to full production capacity.

“Chesapeake is committed long-term to growing its position in the Eagle Ford basin,” said Rick Shearer, CEO for Emerge. “They [Chesapeake] has always been at the forefront of unconventional horizontal drilling, and we look forward to building our relationship with this new customer.”

Near Monahans, Texas, Preferred Sands is doing its part to supply cutting-edge sand related products to Delaware Basin customers. The company has opened a special resin-coating sand facility, the first-of-its-kind in the Permian.

The plant came to life to fulfill the needs of operators in search of in-basin sand procurement. The addition of the resin-coated products increased the value of the facility to producers and Preferred, according to the sand company. “We are firmly committed to driving down the costs associated with proppant flowback for our customers,” said Marc McQuesten, senior vice president of sales and technology at Preferred. “The opening of our Monahan’s resin plant further solidifies Preferred’s position in the market, as we are able to offer our polyurethane resin coated proppants more efficiently and cost-effectively than ever before.”

As provided by Preferred,

Proppant flowback is the flow of poorly consolidated proppant from hydraulic fractures along with produced fluids. Proppant flowback continues to be a major operational challenge for exploration and production companies in the Permian basin, causing millions of dollars of lost revenue each year. Proppant flowback reduces the fracture volume causing a detrimental effect on a well’s production. Presence of proppant in produced fluid can cause damage to the surface equipment requiring additional separation equipment to handle flowback which elevates the operating cost of a well. Proppant flowback is considered one of the major factors directly correlated with reduction of effective lifespan of downhole ESP pumps.