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Re: Peak Sand?

Unread postby vtsnowedin » Mon 05 Sep 2016, 18:03:52

Subjectivist wrote:Stumbled over the just now, seems like this issue is more severe than I had realized.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/f ... -475164766

It is the economic and cultural toll of sand mining that has finally persuaded the city to address the issue. This summer, sand was imported to a handful of Asilah’s beaches in an attempt to make them more accommodating and presentable for the tourist season. The measure, however, is only a temporary fix to a larger problem.

'It has always been about money, and that won’t ever change'

I have to wonder what they are using for the stone component of the concrete and how the seawater contamination of beach sand effects the structural strength of the finished project.
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Re: Peak Sand?

Unread postby Tanada » Mon 05 Sep 2016, 22:33:01

vtsnowedin wrote:
Subjectivist wrote:Stumbled over the just now, seems like this issue is more severe than I had realized.

http://www.middleeasteye.net/in-depth/f ... -475164766

It is the economic and cultural toll of sand mining that has finally persuaded the city to address the issue. This summer, sand was imported to a handful of Asilah’s beaches in an attempt to make them more accommodating and presentable for the tourist season. The measure, however, is only a temporary fix to a larger problem.

'It has always been about money, and that won’t ever change'

I have to wonder what they are using for the stone component of the concrete and how the seawater contamination of beach sand effects the structural strength of the finished project.
Just one earthquake away from a disaster?


Having mixed my share of concrete products I know that mixing in salts is not at all uncommon, especially calcium chloride. The amount of salt reside left behind on beach sand would be pretty small compared to all the other ingredients you put in deliberately. What I was wondering is if they use the ancient Roman formula for hydraulic concrete? Gravel, sand, lime and ground pottery. No Portland cement needed, all of the materials are available locally.
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Re: Peak Sand?

Unread postby ROCKMAN » Mon 05 Sep 2016, 23:12:31

Boys - "...sand was imported to a handful of Asilah’s beaches in an attempt to make them more accommodating and presentable for the tourist season." I think y'all missed the point. They don't have a sand problem per se. The problem is the long shore current washing the beach away. IOW they are trying to maintain a beach where Mother Earth doesn't want a f*cking beach. LOL.
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Re: Peak Sand?

Unread postby Subjectivist » Tue 06 Sep 2016, 11:19:03

ROCKMAN wrote:Boys - "...sand was imported to a handful of Asilah’s beaches in an attempt to make them more accommodating and presentable for the tourist season." I think y'all missed the point. They don't have a sand problem per se. The problem is the long shore current washing the beach away. IOW they are trying to maintain a beach where Mother Earth doesn't want a f*cking beach. LOL.


They only had to haul in sand because hundreds of construction works loaded up their trucks with beach sand for mortar and concrete. No hauling away, nice sandy beaches. Sand mining, rocky beaches.
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Re: Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

Unread postby Subjectivist » Mon 06 Feb 2017, 16:47:02

Found this on Amazon Prime Video, pretty interesting stuff!


“The Price of Sand” is a documentary about the frac sand mining boom in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Due to a rapid increase in demand, pure silica sand has become a valuable commodity, and mines are opening here at a rapid rate.
The silica used in hydraulic fracturing (aka : “fracking”), has other uses– glass manufacturing and toothpaste, for instance — and a few established mines have been in operation here for decades. But now, new companies have arrived, and land with accessible silica deposits is selling for high prices.
In addition to a bonanza for a few lucky landowners, the new mines promise jobs and economic stimulus for the small towns and rural areas nearby.

The Film

In 2010, an oil company bought a tract of land in near my mother’s house, in rural Goodhue County, Minnesota. The prospect of an open pit mine led to the formation of an opposition group, a series of public meetings, and a temporary county moratorium on frac sand mining.

I’m a filmmaker, so I visited people who live near existing mines and interviewed them. They told me stories–intense truck traffic, plummeting property values, toxic silica dust–a catalog of complaints that surprised me with its variety and intensity. I made clips from the interviews and posted them on YouTube.

YouTube shorts can provoke discussion (56,000 views so far), but the story of this mining boom is more complex. Good people are on both sides of the issue, and sometimes the facts aren’t obvious. “The Price of Sand” is a 1-hour documentary film that grew out of my short YouTube video project–more extensive, with new stories–a more comprehensive look at what’s happening.

UPDATE 2016

We’re working on a follow-up. The film will be a short, under 30 minutes in length. This time around, I have a partner, Producer Wendy Johnson. There’s more information on our Facebook page: The Price of Sand

The goal of this project: find the real price of frac sand. Not just in dollars, but in friendships, communities and the future of our region.

Jim Tittle • St. Paul, MN • director
Watch it on Amazon Prime: THE PRICE OF SAND


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Re: Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

Unread postby sparky » Mon 06 Feb 2017, 19:38:24

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you want to make a fortune on the goldfields , sell shovels my son
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Re: Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

Unread postby frankthetank » Mon 06 Feb 2017, 23:34:17

When oil was high i know of some folks who sold out their property for up to $10k/acre (typical land price being about $3k/acre or less) to sand mining companies.

I had a buddy who worked at a sandmine. I know their operation was pretty efficient and they had a rail line right there which was key. Their operation only dug during the warm months and would bank a bunch of sand for winter.

I thought i read that they were using brown local Texas sand and it was working almost as good (and much cheaper)???
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Re: Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

Unread postby ROCKMAN » Mon 06 Feb 2017, 23:58:35

Texas frac sand: http://texasfracsands.com/id1.html

"At closure pressures less than 4500 psi, these sands produce results that are identical, and in some cases superior, to more costly "Northern White" Ottawa-type frac sands."
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Re: Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

Unread postby coffeeguyzz » Tue 07 Feb 2017, 01:22:30

This topic of proppant, specifically sand, is probably the single biggest mover towards productivity increases in unconventional development today.
The rapid evolution of diversion material and techniques is the underlying reason.
Although the operators are very close mouthed with details, technical papers and third party suppliers are providing info and casting a light on what is occurring.

Essentially, with near wellbore fissures, 'thief' fissures are temporarily blocked from taking all the fluid. Pressure builds and additional fracturing takes place.
Productive clusters now regularly run about 100%, up from 60% just a few years back.
The so called 'far field diversion' temporarily plugs fissures 300'/500' out.
This enables WAY more fractures to form within that area while enabling more closely spaced laterals to be drilled.
'Wine rack' configuration of laterals is becoming the norm where payzones are thick enough.
Chesapeake used about 52 million pounds of sand on a 9,500' Haynesville lateral recently.
Virtually all operators are rapidly employing these techniques.
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Re: Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

Unread postby sparky » Tue 07 Feb 2017, 01:35:35

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Any info on the granularity and geometry of the sand , rounded ,jagged , clean or not so much ?
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Re: Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

Unread postby ROCKMAN » Tue 07 Feb 2017, 07:01:59

Sparky - Some general info:

The characteristics of a high-quality frac sand include:

- high-purity silica sand
- grain size perfectly matched to job requirements
- spherical shape that enables it to be carried in hydraulic fracturing fluid with minimal turbulence
- durability to resist crushing forces of closing fractures

Frac sand is produced in a range of sizes from as small as 0.1 millimeter in diameter to over 2 millimeters in diameter depending upon customer specifications. Most of the frac sand consumed is between 0.4 and 0.8 millimeters in size.

Rock units such as the St. Peter Sandstone, Jordan Sandstone, Oil Creek Sandstone and Hickory Sandstone have been potential sources of frac sand material. These rock units are composed of quartz grains that have been through multiple cycles of weathering and erosion. That long history has removed almost all mineral grains other than quartz and produced grains with very round shapes. This is why sand dredged from rivers, excavated from terraces, or removed from beaches is unlikely to produce a good product.

Where these rock units are produced they are usually soft, poorly cemented and sometimes lightly weathered. This allows them to be excavated and crushed with minimal damage to the quartz grains. High-purity sand from areas such as the Appalachians is often not suitable for frac sand because it has been subjected to tectonic forces which have deformed the rock and weakened the sand grains.

Frac Sand Processing Plants - Frac sand is not used straight from the ground. It requires processing to optimize its performance. After mining it is taken to a processing plant. There it is washed to remove fine particles. After washing, the sand is stacked in piles to allow the wash water to drain off. This operation is done outdoors and is restricted to times of the year when temperatures are above freezing. After the sand is drained, it is placed in an air dryer to remove all moisture. The dry grains are then screened to obtain specific size fractions for different customers. Sand that is not suitable for fracking is separated and sold for other uses. Some frac sand might be resin coated to improve its performance in the fracking operation. This material will be sold as a premium product. After processing most sand is loaded directly into train cars for rail delivery.

Some processing plants are located at the mine site. However, processing plants are very expensive to build and are sometimes shared by multiple mines. These are centrally located to several mines and the sand is delivered by truck, train, or conveyer.
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Re: Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

Unread postby Cog » Tue 07 Feb 2017, 09:42:02

There was a guy on AR15.com wanting to know if anyone could supply 50 million pounds a month of fracking sand. Looking for something called Texas Brown fracking sand. Apparently his main suppliers had run out and was sort of desperate.

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Re: Follow The Sand To The Real Fracking Boom

Unread postby ROCKMAN » Tue 07 Feb 2017, 11:28:37

Cog - He mustn't be looking too hard: http://texasfracsands.com/index.html

And 50 million # a month isn't much...maybe frac 2 or 3 wells.
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Re: Peak Sand?

Unread postby Tanada » Tue 04 Apr 2017, 08:20:38

Here is a nice new report from people actually investigating the issue.

In the dead of night we've come to film a mafia at work.

We know the dangers. We've been told our lives could be at risk.

But this is the vision we must have to expose an extensive network of underworld criminals, known as the "sand mafia", which is destroying beaches and riverbeds across India.

Foreign Correspondent travelled to the drought-stricken Bundelkhand region in central India to film them at work, stealing sand — a resource that's now so valuable it's been dubbed "India's gold".

Sand is vital for India's booming construction industry, which is tipped be in the top three in the world in less than a decade. It employs over 35 million people and is valued at well over $126 billion per annum.

It's hard to move unnoticed through the primitive surrounding villages. As a foreign crew, we really stand out, but an element of surprise is vital for what we want to do. We retreat to a safe house, and wait for the go-ahead.

Hours later as an evening quiet descends across the hills, we hear the tractors moving in to a nearby river bed. That's our cue to move too.

It's pitch black as we drive closer on a sandy, windy path. We're whispering, we're unsure.

Before we know it we see what we've come for. We scramble out of the vehicle and film as a tractor-load of sand drives past us. It's sand mafia men with their booty.

We need to get closer, but with sand everywhere we risk our car being bogged. We can't be left without a way to quickly escape. So we begin to walk in on foot. But as we approach we notice a shadow ahead. There is someone there — and it's too dangerous for us to keep going.

We've blown our cover now and the remaining tractors begin to leave at speed. One almost rolls over, careering around the bend as it tries to escape our camera.

It's time for us to go too, but the sand mafia want to make sure we won't come back. So they send an escort — a couple of men on a motorbike. They follow us for a while, but when they're sure we are heading out of the area, they take off and we manage to leave safely.

Deadly and corrupt — India's 'largest scam ever'

The people at the heart of these illegal sand-mining operations can be incredibly dangerous, and will stop at nothing to get their hands on this valuable and diminishing resource.

Those who've tried to stop it have been beaten, maimed and in some cases murdered — accidental activists whose lives have been turned upside down by these criminals.

In the satellite city of Noida on New Delhi's outskirts, Akaash Chauhan is fighting for justice. His father, 52-year-old Paleram Chauhan, was shot dead as he fought to save communal village land from being completely stripped of sand.

"When I reached the hospital and I saw my father's dead body, I have never been able to forget that sight. Even today, it flashes in front of me," Akaash says.

"My father's fight has become my fight.

"Sand mining is ongoing — my father was against it, I am against it and so is my family."

Sumaira Abdulali, a genteel unassuming woman, is one of India's foremost campaigners against illegal sand mining and the sand mafia.

She spends much of her time travelling around the country gathering data on how much illegal sand mining is taking place and how much money it generates. In the process she has been insulted and threatened.

Her public profile gives her a degree of protection now, but in the early days of her activism she was beaten and hospitalised when she tried to save Kihim beach, near Mumbai, from being stripped bare by sand gangs.

"It's probably the largest scam ever in our country," she says.

Powerful politicians and their business allies stand accused of allowing the illegal trade to thrive in return for generous financial kickbacks. But riverways and beaches are being destroyed — their eco-systems changed forever.

Foreign Correspondent also succeeds in capturing an illegal sand tractor operating in broad daylight. The workers shovel sand into the tractors by hand. They're from the lower rungs of the black market trade.

"I feel bad that I do this job but there's no other work I can do," the tractor driver said after being blocked by our car.

"I get a little extra money that is why I do it. Everybody does what they do for their stomachs."

Illegal sand mining is the dirty secret at the heart of India's booming economy. Conservatively worth $250 million a year, there's little political appetite to stop it.

The theft of sand occurs in a range of ways, from high tech dredging, to digging with bare hands, to free-diving.

On Mumbai's Thane river, local fishermen plunge to depths of 40 to 50 feet to gather sand from the riverbed.

With no safety apparatus and up to two minutes of air in their lungs, they fill a tin bucket with black muddy sand. It's an illegal act, but we have convinced them to allow us to film.

Incredibly, the men are often drunk. It's the only way they can calm their nerves to succeed in filling the bucket up to 200 times a day.

Sumaira Abdulali regards these men as victims of the sand mafia, not criminals.

She is full of praise for her fellow activists because she knows they are mostly isolated and must act alone without the protection of the media spotlight, putting themselves and their families at risk.

"I think their bravery is really astounding," she says.

"Unlike me, they have no real way of reaching out and telling their stories when they start. So they must feel so strongly about the issues and their lands."


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Re: Peak Sand?

Unread postby Tanada » Tue 12 Sep 2017, 19:42:08

Sand, spanning miles of beaches, carpeting vast oceans and deserts, is a visual metaphor for limitless resources. Yet researchers in this week's journal Science seize another metaphor - sand in an hourglass, marking time running out.

Sand is the literal foundation of urban development across the globe, a key ingredient of concrete, asphalt, glass, and electronics. It is cheap and easily extracted. Scientists in the United States and Germany say that easy access has bred a careless understanding of the true global costs of sand mining and consumption.

Sand mining across the world is being linked to coastal erosion, habitat destruction and the spread of invasive species. Standing pools of water created by sand mining become breeding sites for malaria-carrying mosquitoes. The negative consequences of mining are not felt at the point of consumption, but rather in poorer regions where sand is mined. Tempting profits from large-scale sand trade spawns organized crime and international conflict. There are indications that attempts at regulation have inspired more illegal and unscrupulous profiteering.

The biggest worry, the authors say, is that the true impact and economics of sand mining isn't even clearly understood. The simple anecdotes which have received some publicity make it clear solutions can't be delivered to only one spot. The transactions of sand, and the toll of obtaining the natural resource, span the globe in a web of supply, demand and power.

"As with many natural resources the world depends upon, sand is a perfect example of transactions that seem simple, but in reality, are deeply complex and rife with inequity and risk," said co-author Jianguo "Jack" Liu, Michigan State University's Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability and director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. "A system approach is needed to avert disasters and achieve sand sustainability."

Sand and gravel are the world's most extracted resource, and like water, sand falls into a category of a "common-pool" resource, meaning it is easy to get, and difficult to regulate. But while some sources of sand replenish themselves, the paper's authors note that the current combination of skyrocketing demand and unfettered mining to meet that demand is a recipe for shortages.

"Sand becoming a scarce resource is a key emerging issue for the global environment and society, but not yet fully recognized or understood," said first author Aurora Torres, a research fellow at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) and the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. "Classifying suitable sand as abundant or renewable is not the right way to proceed unless replenishment rates match or exceed extraction rates. Unfortunately, the global sand budget is still missing. Until now, research on sand issues has been largely fragmented and has mostly followed conventional disciplinary lines."

The authors, who also include Jodi Brandt at Boise State University and Kristen Lear at the University of Georgia, point out that what is most certain is the glaring uncertainty of the global sand supply and the true costs of obtaining sand. "A looming tragedy of the sand commons" threads sand extraction through Earth's key environmental and sustainability issues - transportation, trade and the possibility of harm to both people and nature. The group is launching the first international effort to systemically examine the scope of sand supply and demand.

Sand's big picture needs scrutinizing, they say. Understanding what happens at the places sand is mined, the places sand is used and the many points in between which experience loss, benefits or harm is within reach using research frameworks like telecoupling - which allows researchers to understand socioeconomic and environmental interactions over distances.


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Re: Peak Sand?

Unread postby ROCKMAN » Wed 13 Sep 2017, 17:44:31

Hmm. Sand is not a "global issue". Never has been and never will be. It is a local issue unlike oil which has a value that justifies shipping it half way around the global. Between the value and the unacceptable cost to ship it a significant distance sand will never be a globally traded commodity. How little sand is available in Germany is not relevant to the folks in Texas doing what seems like endless highway construction as well as countless new homes going up everywhere.

This "Oh my God the world is running out of X" in some cases sounds like researchers trying to satisfy their "publish or parish" problems or just searching for grant money. Some parts of the world may be running out of affordable sand. Texas isn't. I see no documentation that any construction projects are being cancelled anywhere for lack of affordable sand. Has anyone here been priced out of the sand market?
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Re: Peak Sand?

Unread postby baha » Thu 14 Sep 2017, 06:13:55

Solar panels are made from sand. There will clearly be a shortage someday. Maybe I should buy a deserted beach to prepare :)

In fact, I know many places I can go dig a 5 gallon bucket and store it in the backyard...this is silly :)

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Re: Peak Sand?

Unread postby GHung » Thu 14 Sep 2017, 09:50:25

Peak-everything-else will solve the peak sand problem. 8O
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The global resource shortage you have never heard about

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If someone were to ask you to name the most-extracted materials on Earth, you might answer with fossil fuels or biomass. However, by weight, the answer is actually sand and gravel. Picture sand and most people think of seas, river deltas, deserts and endless miles of beaches — a never-ending resource that seemingly will last forever.However, the exploitation of sand, caused by increased urbanization and unregulated mining of this global resource has already caused environmental damage, impacted water supplies and caused violent conflict. Over the years, very little thought has gone into the socioeconomic and environmental impacts sand mining may have on a region or community."Sand is one of the most extracted materials after fossil fuels and biomass," says Aurora Torres, ecologist and sand mining researcher at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research. Sand, an unflashy and seemingly infinite resource, is


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Re: Peak Sand?

Unread postby Tanada » Sun 21 Oct 2018, 10:48:34

Still no sign of Peak Sand. Even worse for the doomers the development of alternate types of sand have now reduced the demand for 'premium fracking sand' to the point that demand has actually fallen a little bit despite the boom in additional fracking taking place. Based on the numbers in the article 'Northern White' was 75% of the 61.8 million tons used in 2014 or 46.35 million tons and this year (2018) production is estimated to be 43% of 108 million tons or 46.44 million tons, effectively a distinctions without a difference. IOW the demand from the Permian boom is being met by sand mined in Texas and New Mexico instead the sand being hauled half way across the continent from Wisconsin.

As oil production has soared, the U.S. frac sand mining industry has boomed over the past 18 months. Yet one frac sand operation in Shakopee was recently idled and another one in western Wisconsin was partly shut down.

The cutbacks may be part of a fundamental shift in U.S. frac sand production away from the Midwest, home to the highest quality Northern White, to lesser-grade sands. As a result, Northern White’s market share is expected to be 43 percent in 2019, down from 75 percent in 2014, according to global consulting firm Rystad Energy.

“That is the reality of things,” said Thomas Jacob, a senior analyst at Rystad.

Oil producers in Texas and eastern New Mexico — by far the nation’s largest shale oil-producing region — have increasingly switched from Northern White to sand produced at a growing number of regional mines.

“Some of this is definitely a structural change,” said Kent Syverson, a geology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a sand industry consultant.

Regional sands mined in places like Texas are inferior to Northern White, but they are far cheaper since transportation costs are minimal. And so far, oil production hasn’t suffered from using lesser-quality sand, analysts say.

Regional sand has turned out to be “good enough” for the oil industry, Syverson said.

The shifting sand market doesn’t portend the end of frac sand mining in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Northern White is still the staple sand used in North Dakota’s fields, the second-largest producer of oil in the U.S. Even in the Southwest, there will still be some demand for Northern White, as some oil wells — due to local geology — will require a superior quality sand. But the frac industry in the Midwest may have peaked, the data show.

Fracking entails blasting torrents of water, sand and chemicals into an oil well, creating cracks in the shale rock below. Grains of sand keep the cracks open, allowing oil and gas to flow.

Western Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and a few other states are geologically blessed with the best sand for fracking. It’s almost entirely quartz, notably strong and spherical, two essential traits.

The frac sand industry blossomed over the past decade with the rise of shale oil, creating jobs and economic activity — particularly in western Wisconsin, and somewhat in southeastern Minnesota — but also controversy.

Opponents have feared among other things the destruction of scenic areas, health problems from blowing sand and groundwater contamination.

Wisconsin is by far the nation’s largest producer of “industrial sand,” a market driven by frac sand. Minnesota ranks eighth, still making it a significant producer, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

U.S. demand for frac sand peaked at 61.8 million short tons in 2014, then sank to 42.3 million tons in 2016 after oil prices tanked, according to Rystad data. But as oil prices rallied, it swelled to 79.2 million tons in 2017, and is expected to hit 108 million tons this year.

Not only are higher oil prices spurring more oil production, and therefore more frac sand demand, producers are blasting more sand and water into individual wells, to increase productivity and because the wells themselves are longer.

While 2018 is expected to be a record year for frac sand production, demand flattened in the third quarter and is expected to stay that way through year’s end.

Oil and gas producers have essentially spent much of their budgets for the year putting a damper on drilling and fracking new wells, analysts say. Plus, oil pipeline capacity in the Southwest is currently maxed out, a hindrance to more crude production.

“From 2017 to the middle of this year, we couldn’t produce enough sand for customers,” said Scott Sustacek, CEO of Jordan Sands, a frac sand producer near Mankato. “But then a few things came together to cause a pause in the market.”

Jordan Sands runs one of four mines in Minnesota that together account for most of the state’s frac sand output. Tax data from Le Sueur County indicate that business also has slowed at Minnesota’s largest frac sand producer, the Kasota mine south of St. Peter.

Gravel taxes collected from the Kasota mine slipped from a peak of $81,632 during the last half of 2017 to $77,073 during the first half of 2018.

The Kasota mine plus two other frac sand mines, near St. Peter and in Shakopee, are owned by Covia, a publicly traded Ohio-based company. In late September, Covia said it would idle the Shakopee mine along with three others. Covia didn’t return calls for comment.

When oil prices tumbled in 2015, some mines were idled, including the Shakopee mine, which only reopened in mid-2017. “But this time is different,” said Rystad’s Jacob. Oil prices and overall sand demand are still relatively high.

The U.S. frac sand market was recast after oil prices sank from more than $100 per barrel in mid-2014 to around $30 per barrel in February 2016.

Oil producers had to cut costs to stay in business, and sand wasn’t spared. Since transportation is a big part of the cost of Northern White, oil producers in the Permian Range were able to save thousands of dollars per well by using local sand.

The Permian, which spans west Texas and southeastern New Mexico, has powered the U.S. oil industry’s growth in recent years. It pumps around 3.5 million barrels per day, about the same output as the next three largest U.S. shale oil ranges put together, including North Dakota’s Bakken.

About 50 percent of U.S. frac sand demand comes from the Permian. There are now 16 regional sand mines in the Permian, and while a few of those have been around for years, many have come online in just the past 18 months, said Brandon Savisky, senior analyst at IHS Markit, a research company. More are planned.

And the use of regionally mined sand is growing in other shale oil ranges in south and east Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, Savisky said.

Sand mined in these areas doesn’t have the strength or roundness of Northern White.

Still, operators so far haven’t seen initial productivity declines in wells fracked with the finer regional sand, analysts say. However, they don’t have a good picture yet of these wells’ longer-term production.

Their production decline rate may be steeper than wells fracked with Northern White as fissures in rock give way sooner. In other words, the wells might not produce for as long or as much.

“The jury is still out,” Savisky said.

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