Preferred Sands: Permanent proppant shifts

By Kasia Patel
Published: Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The downturn in the oil and gas sector has caused a shift away from ceramic proppants as E&P firms look to increase productivity and lower costs. IM spoke to Preferred Sands’ Michael O’Neill, who believes a number of these trends are here to stay.

The proppants sector has seen a number of shifts over the past few years, with an increasing number of E&P firms turning to ceramic proppants – manufactured from kaolin, bauxite or a blend of both – at the height of the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) boom in the US.

However, since...

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