Article today about Shale Support purchasing two frac sand mines - one near Kinder and the other in "Central Louisiana" (this location info on their website)..

As noted below, they are looking for this to supply more proppant for multiple plays.

Which includes the Louisiana AC Hz Frac Play.


Frack sand provider buys Louisiana mines to support Austin Chalk
By Patrick C. Miller | June 25, 2018
Two sand mines purchased in Louisiana will increase Shale Support's average annual frack sand production from 3 millions tons annually to 5 million tons. 

Houston-based Shale Support—a leading frack sand provider—has purchased two natural sand mines in Louisiana, adding two million tons to the company’s nameplate capacity and bringing total annual production to 5 million tons.

"We've been an 'in-basin' provider of sand since 2014," said Jeffrey Bartlam, the company’s president and co-founder. "This expansion allows us to continue our strategy of being the high-quality, low-cost proppant supplier to the Haynesville, Austin Chalk, Marcellus/Utica and Eagle Ford shale plays."

Shale Support anticipates increasing capacity of the two mines to 3 million tons by the first quarter of 2019, which will the give the company 6 million tons of capacity. Shale Support mines Delta Pearl frack sand from its properties in Picayune, Mississippi, for operators and third-party suppliers in the Marcellus/Utica, Permian, Eagle Ford and Haynesville/Tuscaloosa shale plays.

Kevin Bowen, the company’s co-founder and CEO, noted that it's been difficult for Shale Support to find acquisition opportunities that maintain the clean, single-digit turbidity product quality requirements of the organization.
“These two mines produce a clay-free, white sand that will maintain the stringent product standards of our brand, Delta Pearl, and will be a perfect solution for the huge demand increase that we see coming from increased Austin Chalk activity," he explained.

Shale Support provides logistical services and frack-sand products for enhanced oil and gas recovery. It has more than 180 million tons of frack sand reserves within its mining properties and unit train logistics capabilities from its processing facility located in Picayune, Mississippi.

Tags: Austin, Chalk, frac, kinder, louisiana, proppant, sand

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There are number of new players in the proppant business and several that are expanding.  The trend is to find sands meeting specs within or ery close to basins with substantial ongoing development.  Transportation costs are a significant expense.  The closer the supply is to the end user, the better the competitive advantage.  Cost is king.

Frac sand supply is one thing, but the specific proppant size "recipe' " for any one formation and/or subarea Trump's all. Typical mixes of proppant include sizes ranging from 100 mesh to 20-40 as well as resin coated material.

Sand supply close is great, but odds are that, at best, a close supply only provides part of any well's proppant volume

The proppant suppliers that I know, NW LA area, have a range of mesh sizes covering that range.  I don't know if they have a resin coated product.  Do you think that resin coated sand will be required and be in demand in the central LA AC?


Not an expert, but I would think that resin coated sand would be part of the mix (all puns intended) in the Louisiana AC section.  Deeper depths, higher temperature, higher mechanical stress and pressure - resin coated product excels in these areas, as well as the binding and prevention / occurence of fines returning through the proppant beds during flowback - which could heavily impact permeability through the proppant.

Thanks, Dion.  A bunch of members just went, whatttt?  So here is some context.

Operators in many areas are finding that tailing in with resin coated proppant at the end of each frac stage has a positive impact on optimizing keeping the induced fractures propped and open.

No reason to believe that this will not be the case with the AC in Louisiana.


Also, if memory serves, earlier generation resins incorporated phenolics, which though tough and temperature tolerant incorporates and degrades into formaldehyde (not great for recovery fluids and exposure thereto) and phenols (not particularly healthy when aspirated in an aerosol form).  From what I've been reading, polyurethanes have been better utilized in this sphere more recently.


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