PacWest Water Forecasts in West Texas


Shale Plays Media shares an article on the projections for water used by the oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin.  It continues to increase through 2014, and the trend is expected to continue.

PacWest Consulting Partners in Houston just last month estimated the oil industry would use 540 million barrels of water in 2014 — almost all of it, for hydraulic fracturing. It reflected a stark upward revision by the firm, one of the few that tracks industry water usage by region. In February, the PacWest anticipated 375 million barrels would be used through the end of the year.

That level of demand means more and more oil companies will seek alternative water strategies and more water-sourcing companies will seek to provide them, said Chris Robart, a partner with PacWest.

“It’ll continue to mature in the Permian Basin,” Robart said. “There is a lot of consolidation that is happening right now across all the service companies and pure-plays, as far as water transfer or water storage, who want to go to market with a competitive service around water.”

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PacWest Presents with Industry Experts at Shale Water Expo 2014


Industry experts with extensive shale water experience gathered at the Shale Water Expo 2014 this week to share insights and experience. PacWest partner, Alexander Robart and principal, Francesco Ciulla presented on Water Trends and Infrastructure.  Robart discussed Water Management Services in the Eagle Ford: Trends & Reality, while Ciulla covered The Operational Shift: E&P Infrastructure for Oilfield Water Management.  Presentation slides are available upon request, please contact: or 713.929.3285

Baker Hughes & Weatherford Comment on Proppant Usage


The demand for frac sand continues! “Most customers are pumping as much as they can,” said Iain McIntosh, vice president at Baker Hughes. The company had seen the use of sand, or proppant, double, McIntosh said.

Another service firm operating in the Marcellus area, Weatherford, “had seen proppant volumes shoot up 50 per cent in the first quarter of 2014,” its director of strategic marketing for pressure pumping Robert Fulks said.

“Texas-based market intelligence firm PacWest Consulting Partners says the Marcellus will require more than 13 billion pounds (5.9 billion kg) of frack sand in 2014, up from 9.6 billion pounds (4.35

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PacWest Proppant Call 14Q2


PacWest Proppant Market Update

Conference Call for 14Q2

PacWest hosted an open call on the Proppants market on October 9, 2014 at 10am Central Time.

You can download the audio from the call here: PacWest Proppant call 14Q2

For questions or information on our latest ProppantIQ release, please contact Jennifer Thomas,, 713 929 3285


PacWest ProppantIQ Market Update Call October 9th


Robust growth in frac sand demand is driving dramatic growth in the North American proppant market, as noted in our recent 14Q2 ProppantIQ report. Proppant demand is expected to grow by 23% per annum through 2016, driven primarily by frac sand (+24% per annum). The RCS and Ceramics markets are also expected to grow at 9% and 2% per annum, respectively.

“We forecast strong growth in the North American market for proppant due to increasing horizontal wells and frac stages, in addition to increasing proppant volumes per stage,” says Samir Nangia, Principal. “However, there is considerable upside in our forecasts, due to the potential for faster-than-expected increases in proppant intensity (i.e. proppant/well and proppant/stage).”

The supply response, although lower than the actual increase in demand, is also robust at 18% growth in capacity per annum. Moderate price increases should be expected through the forecast period, due to stronger increases in demand growth than in supply growth.

We expect logistics to continue to be challenging through 2016, leading to significant price increases at the well pad. The market constraints can be attributed to shortages in railcars, built-for-purpose frac sand truck trailers, among other factors. However, there should be improvement by 2015.

The constrained logistics are resulting in market tightness and one-off high prices for many spot market transactions; however we estimate that

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more than 75% of market volumes are under contract and Northern White Sand minegate composite prices are expected to increase by 5% per annum through 2016.

In terms of closing out this year, “The remainder of 2014 could be challenging due to pressure on rail from a bumper agricultural harvest, low coal inventories, and increased crude by rail, chemicals and lumber shipments,” according to Nangia. He adds, “Any weather related events will only exacerbate the situation due to lack of sufficient in-play storage.”

Please join us for a conference call on Thursday October 9, 2014 at 10:00am CST to discuss our perspectives on the North American proppant market. Call details are provided below. The call is open to the public.

Conference Call:

Dial-in: +1 (800) 830 3581

International Dial-in: (262) 320 4698

Passcode: 2922791

Presentation Link:

For more information, contact Jennifer Thomas, 713.929.3285,



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