Oilfield minerals face falling US drilling activity

By William Clarke
Published: Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Markets for oilfield minerals like frac sand and barite are being influenced by national policies and international trade, reports William Clarke.


Lower rig counts have signaled weaker markets for oilfield minerals

Oilfield minerals, the clays and proppants used in drilling and extracting oil, are a crucial part of the petrochemical industry, and demand for these minerals correlates closely to drilling rates. Barite and bentonite are used in drilling fluids, while silica sand is crucial in the fast-growing fracking industry. 

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