28 Jul '17, 8am

Has fracking reached peak sand?

rockman on Wed, 26th Jul 2017 10:02 am All frac sand could disappear tomorrow and it wouldn’t kill frac’ng. At worse it would increase the cost by going to manmade ceramic proppants. In fact, in high pressure/deep reservoirs it has been preferred because the ceramics won’t crush as easily as sand. The last 3 frac jobs the Rockman used manmade ceramics: “Right now the ceramic alternatives are more expensive, but companies are experimenting with different ways to bring the cost down. One idea is to manufacture it near where the fracking is taking place, using local clay. “If they can manufacture it here it’d be very close to the source,” said Ed Murphy, North Dakota’s state geologist. Murphy studied clay deposits in western North Dakota and found many were rich in kaolin and had aluminum oxide — two important ingredients for ceramic proppants. The state has provided maps and...

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