July 2016
Volume 68    Issue 7

Frac sand production decreases; Oil and gas oversupply leads to slowdown

Mining Engineering , 2016, Vol. 68, No. 7, pp. 23-23
Zdunczyk, Mark


Frac sand is industrial silica sand much like glass, foundry, filtration and blast sand. The sand must meet certain specifications set forth by the industry that consumes the product. The production and consumption of frac sand has experienced record growth in the last 10 years because of new oil and gas drilling, new horizontal well drilling, multi-stage fracturing and the stimulation of older wells that have little or no production. Frac sand is needed to “prop open” the fractures in the rock reservoirs to allow oil and gas to flow out more freely.  

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