Products & Technology

April 16, 2018

TOTAL, Houston fluids provider partner to expand shale offerings

BY Atlas Oil Co, TOTAL Atlas Oil Co. is now a TOTAL Specialties USA Inc. authorized lubricants distributor, cementing Atlas' vision of a single-source service model of premium lubricants and bulk fuel supply for its customers in shale. READ MORE

April 16, 2018

Frack sand facilities will serve Haynesville shale customers

BY Patrick C. Miller Two Performance Proppants facilities in Louisiana will be capable of producing 4.5 million tons of frack sand a year to serve the Haynesville shale play. The company has begun construction of a plant at River Ridge to complement its Hat Creek plant. READ MORE

April 07, 2018

Southern Stim brings longer lasting frack pumps to market

BY Luke GeiverWhen Southern Stimulation Technologies formed in 2017, co-founder Chad Hawkins said the company wanted to provide the pressure pumping industry with higher pressure, longer lasting pumps. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

Oak Ridge National Lab probes the secrets of shale

BY Staff Scientists at DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are studying the characteristics of and interactions within shale formations to improve the efficiency of oil and gas extraction. They discussed their work with North American Shale Magazine. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

Materion releases downhole tech proven in Bakken, Permian

BY Materion Corp. This new coupling uses the same ToughMet alloy that has been proven to increase run times and production when used for sucker rod couplings in deviated wells in the Bakken, Permian and other shale plays. READ MORE

April 02, 2018

Frack Fleet CEO: Decades of work remain in Permian

BY Luke GeiverA year into its existence as a publicly traded company, ProPetro Holding Corp. has secured its foothold in the Permian Basin. In 2017, the company grew employee headcount by nearly 100 percent. READ MORE

March 26, 2018

West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania extend shale coalition

BY Patrick C. Miller The states of West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania are extending the agreement for the Tri-State Shale Coalition which enables them to jointly develop shale gas resources in the Appalachian Basin. The goal is to grow businesses and create jobs. READ MORE

March 26, 2018

U.S. Silica acquires EP Minerals for $750 million

BY U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. U.S. Silica said the agreement last week to acquire EP Minerals for $750 million complements the company's oil and gas segment. EP Minerals manufactures industrial minerals used in the energy industry and a wide variety of other applications. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Bakken frack sand provider expands through $15M acquisition

BY Luke GeiverTexas-based Smart Sand Inc. is expanding in North Dakota's Bakken shale oil play. After announcing the processing capacity expansion of its Oakdale, Wisconsin frack sand mine early this year, Smart Sand will spend $15 million in the Bakken. READ MORE

March 19, 2018

Liberty provides first update as public frack company

BY Luke GeiverIn its first earnings call as a public company, Liberty Oilfield Services' executive team explained its recent accomplishments, expectations for full-year 2018 and the general state of the frack market. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Oil and gas customer satisfaction leads to increased sales

BY Staff For oil and gas businesses that want to increase sales during times of higher oil prices, improving customer satisfaction could be the key. The 2017 Energy Benchmark Study found that looking beyond technical solutions can be profitable. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

Dinosaur-era volcanic ash linked to shale oil and gas formation

BY Rice University Geologists at Rice University in Houston believe that the formation of U.S. shale oil and gas plays is related to ash deposits from thousands of dinosaur-era volcanic eruptions. Their study was recently published in Nature's Scientific Reports. READ MORE

March 16, 2018

New Chevron Phillips Chemical ethane cracker begins operation

BY Patrick C. Miller Chevron Phillips Chemical has begun operating what it bills as one of the largest, most efficient ethane crackers in the world along the Texas Gulf Coast. Company CEO Mark Lashier says the U.S. shale revolution created the need for the facility. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

Dallas Federal Reserve establishes Energy Advisory Council

BY Dallas Federal Reserve The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has formed an Energy Advisory Council to provide guidance on emerging trends and issues affecting the energy industry. Industry executives from Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana will serve on the council. READ MORE

March 12, 2018

Russians are attempting to influence U.S. energy policy, markets

BY Patrick C. Miller The Russian government is using social media in an attempt to influence U.S. energy policy and disrupt the production of shale oil and gas from fracking, according to a report from the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. READ MORE

March 06, 2018

Preferred Sands opens facilities to serve Eagle Ford shale play

BY Patrick C. Miller Pennsylvania-based proppant manufacturer Preferred Sands began operation of a frack sand mine and loading facility in Atascosa County, Texas, to serve operators in the Eagle Ford. The company will soon open another facility to serve the Permian. READ MORE

March 05, 2018

From Calgary to Oklahoma, STEP bolsters US frack ops

BY Luke GeiverSTEP Energy Services has made a $275 million move to become part of the growth story happening in the SCOOP/STACK play of Oklahoma. With a rig count increase of 103 percent over the last two years, the energy service provider wanted to invest there. READ MORE

February 23, 2018

MWD tool developer releases subsurface internet link for shale

BY Luke GeiverThe company’s work on the EM link, which sends waves with data through the earth from the bit to the surface, puts the company at the forefront of developing what it calls the subsurface internet. READ MORE

February 12, 2018

New shale tech: mobile resin coated proppant plant in Permian

BY Luke GeiverThe oilfield technology group of Hexion Inc. has great timing. The oil and gas arm of the greater chemical product developer recently unveiled a mobile resin-coated proppant manufacturing facility for the Permian. READ MORE

February 06, 2018

Flotek releases new fluid tech tested and proven in Midland Basin

BY Flotek Industries Flotek Industries Inc., a developer and distributor of prescriptive chemistry-based technology, has announced the expansion of fluid products that were tested and proven effective in the Midland Basin. READ MORE

January 30, 2018

Two Texas companies lauch initial public offerings

BY Patrick C. Miller FTS International of Fort Worth and Cactus Inc. of Houston have launched initial public offerings of their shares. FTS is one of the largest frack service providers in North America. Cactus designs, makes and sells oil and gas well equipment. READ MORE

January 23, 2018

RPSEA rolls out 10-year plan for U.S. oil and gas R&D

BY Patrick C. Miller A technology roadmap outlining where R&D dollars should be invested for the U.S. onshore and offshore oil and gas industry has been released by the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA). It includes data on emerging shale plays. READ MORE

January 23, 2018

Dallas economist analyzes TX job growth trends in services, oil

BY Staff Economists and researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas have analyzed how job growth in Texas has changed during different oil cycles. According to the research, job growth swings more with services than with oil. READ MORE

January 22, 2018

Deloitte’s 2018 oil, gas outlook offers input on recent trends

BY Staff The Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions has issued its 2018 outlook on oil and gas. The team at Deloitte provided a look at trends, opportunities and predictions for this year. READ MORE

January 16, 2018

3D seismic surveys planned for SCOOP/STACK, Permian shales

BY TGS Geophysical Co. TGS has announced three new onshore seismic projects that will help E&P clients better understand opportunities in the Permian Basin, SCOOP/STACK region of the Midcontinent and in the Montney shale. READ MORE

January 16, 2018

Energy investment team puts major stake in shale drill bit maker

BY Luke GeiverIntervale Capital, a specialized energy investment firm, has taken note of increased drilling intensity, longer laterals and higher stage counts throughout most of North America's shale plays. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

Shale play service provider set to issue IPO

BY Luke GeiverNine Energy Service Inc. is going public roughly four years after forming. The Houston-based company announced its intent to list on the New York Stock Exchange with an initial offering price between $20 and $23 per share. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

Paper: Northeast could be second U.S. petrochemical hub

BY Staff The Marcellus and Utica shale plays are unique in that they produce a large volume of ethane and propane. A new white paper says this could provide the U.S.. with a second petrochemical hub in addition to the Gulf Coast. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

Engineers generate energy from fossil fuels with no CO2 emissions

BY Patrick C. MillerA technology under development at Ohio State University can produce energy and other useful products from fossil fuels while eliminating CO2 emissions. Known as chemical looping, the process can also use shale gas to make plastics and carbon fibers. READ MORE

January 09, 2018

Weatherford sells some assets to Schlumberger for $430 million

BY Patrick C. MillerWeatherford is selling some of its U.S. assets to Schlumberger for $430 million. This transaction replaces the OneStim joint venture between the two companies announced last year. Weatherford plans to use proceeds from the sale to reduce debt. READ MORE