IM Prices 2015

By Laura Syrett
Published: Thursday, 28 May 2015

Low well completion rates hit frac sand volumes, oil prices still down 50% on June 2014 and fire sales slash cost of ceramic proppants. In Bentonite meanwhile, producers are standing firm over offers. A diverse application base shields industry, while cat litter is now clay’s main market driver.

Soft oil price topples frac sand values

Prices for hydraulic fracturing (fracking)-grade silica sand (frac sand) are tumbling in the wake of the pullback in oil drilling activity, as proppants look set to be hardest hit of all oilfield minerals.

North American sources recently told IM that frac sand producers...

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