US Global Investors Article Cites PacWest on Sand Demand


In a September 17th, US Global Investors, article, it states “The outlook for the energy sector remains strong as we look towards 2015, with the demand for sand showing no signs of a slowdown.”

In hydraulic fracturing, use of proppants continues to rise. “Due to the enormous increase in the demand for sand, PacWest Consulting Partners expects frac’ers to use nearly 95 billion pounds of sand this year, up 30 percent since 2013. This projection, made by the energy-consulting firm just one year ago, is a 50-percent increase to its original estimate.” Since many companies use frac’ing in their oil field operations, sand will continue to be viewed as an integral component to their operations.

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PacWest Cited in the Odessa American on Oilfield Water Usage Increase


Oilfield water usage should reach 540 million barrels through 2014, according to a recent projection from PacWest Consulting Partners in Houston.  Chris Robart, a partner with PacWest noted that “the magnitude of activity has just gone up massively from what we forecast” originally. He continues explaining that, “It’ll continue to mature in the Permian Basin…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.” Robart said.

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Analysis of China O&G Activity Released in the 2nd Edition of PumpingIQ China


PacWest released the second edition of PumpingIQ China, which is the most comprehensive market intelligence product to-date, providing a detailed bottoms-up analysis of China’s oil & gas market and an assessment of unconventional activity and prospects. The report includes frac capacity additions and utilization, by operator/region, forecast through 2015, and well counts forecast to 2015 (by region, horizontal/vertical, frac’ed).

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PacWest is excited about the launch of this report as it contains new analyses on the impact of the macro environment on China O&G activity, including:

  •   -Detailed discussion of impact of anti-corruption activities on Chinese frac market activity, by play, including forecasts
  •  - More comprehensive analysis of policy and political landscape, including detailed analysis of alternatives (LNG, pipeline imports, coal-to-gas, CBM)
  •   -Detailed examination of current frac’ed / horizontal well costs and pricing versus alternatives
  •   -Updates to shale geology and CBM analysis
  •   -Cost reduction strategies and oilfield services opportunities


For more information please contact, Rob Liou at

PacWest Research Details Significant Growth in Shale Play Activity


Rigzone and Shale Play Water Management articles share data from PacWest’s recent WellIQ report for 2014Q2. Both articles include the forecasts for US land growth. The August 29th Rigzone article explains:

According to PacWest’s WellIQ data, four formations – the Bakken in North Dakota, the DJ Basin in Colorado and Wyoming, and the Permian and Eagle Ford

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in Texas – will account for just over three/quarters of the growth in horizontally fracked stages.

The Marcellus/Utica is expected to have 15 percent compounded growth, while Eagle Ford and the Bakken are projected by PacWest to grow by 8 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

Moreover, the total number of wells is forecast to decrease by less than 1% in 2014, due to a significant decrease in D&C activity directed towards VT/DR wells.

WellIQ graph-Wells frac'ed - stages

Sources: PacWest Analysis, RigData

And Shale Play Water Management also shares that although 2014 will have a slight decrease, the number of wells drilled in 2014 should surpass 2013 levels by 6%, while the number of horizontally drilled wells is expected to increase by 9%. Horizontally frac’ed stages are expected to increase by almost 20%.

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PacWest’s WellIQ Report and Activity in the Bakken


PacWest Consulting’s WellIQ report cited in the Bakken Magazine last week on activity in the Bakken.

Christopher Robart explained that in order to fully grasp the level of drilling and completion activity—and the need for services related to either activity—Robart and his team focus on new horizontally fracked wells in combination with the number of frack stages per well. “More stages equals more demand for hydraulic services and more pumping time needed per well.”

“The next several years are forecast to be strong for most all oilfield services and equipment players; however, the challenge will be within the supply chain,” he said in an announcement of the WellIQ report. “The winners will be the companies who can manage the logistics and risks around having the right personnel, services, materials and equipment at the right place, when it is needed on-site by their E&P customers.”

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