What the future holds for US proppants

By IM Staff
Published: Thursday, 28 May 2015

The US has long enjoyed a successful fracking industry, having drilled more than a million wells to date. Yet, with plummeting oil prices causing some to question the short-term success of this process, Vasili Nicoletopoulos* provides an executive summary of IM’s latest research report on the US proppants market.

Hydraulic fracturing – colloquially know as fracking – produces fractures in rock formations that stimulate the flow of natural gas or oil, increasing the volumes that can be recovered. Wells may be drilled vertically hundreds to thousands of feet below the land surface, may extend 1-6,000ft (304-1,828 metres) away from...

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