Frac sand demand holds out in drilling decline

By Kasia Patel
Published: Wednesday, 22 July 2015

While predictions for the oil and gas industry range between bottomed out to a distant turnaround as far away as 2017, so far frac sand has gained market share due to its availability, price and changing trends in fracking, Kasia Patel, North American Editor, finds.

As unconventional oil and gas production is expected to continue increasing to meet global energy demands, growth in consumption of silica (frac) sand and other proppants has been predicted to follow.

The US is the largest producer and consumer of frac sand in the world, with the Great Lakes Region...

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