Shifting sands

Published: Thursday, 28 June 2018

Soaring frac sand demand is being met by a wave of new supply, but how will traditional sellers fare in a world where quantity, rather than quality, is king, William Clarke, Industrial Minerals reporter, asks.

For US frac sand miners, 2016 started off badly. Demand for the product was ebbing away, in a new world of low oil prices. But the surprising return of the fracking industry resurrected frac sand miners’ fortunes with it, and 2017 became the year of the supply squeeze. Existing mines...

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