21 December 2012
The US frac sand industry dominated the headlines in 2012 as mining activity boomed almost as fast as fracking opposition mounted.
21 November 2012
The wrong choice of proppant for hydraulic fracturing wells can hamper production, wasting time and money for oilfield drillers. But what is the right choice and how should the choice be made?
24 October 2012
Could shale gas provide the answer to global energy concerns? There are vast untapped resources in Europe, but fracking, the controversial method of extraction, could prove to be the stumbling block as Vasili Nicoletopoulos* explains
01 October 2012
According to the latest US Geological Survey data, Wisconsin ranked third in total US industrial silica sand production at 3.39m tonnes in 2010, accounting for 11.3%, after Illinois and Texas. But within the silica sand sector, the state is leading in frac sand production.
06 June 2012
High purity silica and quartz development is very much on the agenda for Saudi Arabia. IM reports on silica matters seen and heard in Jeddah
20 March 2012
The US shale gas revolution is causing a new gold rush in fracking fluid feedstock such as frac sand and ceramic proppants. But what is unconventional drilling? And can the boom be sustained for much longer?
26 January 2012
Where North America’s thirst for oil and natural gas has grown, so too has the demand for frac sand. The supply rush has exerted intense pressure on railroads and the environment, but has been a gold mine to the recession-stricken continent