[Update: October 21, 2014]. Click here for update posted in early 2011. [October, 2011: I am starting to track fracking specifics: it turns out some companies, like Hess, are using less than 1 million pounds of sand to frack, whereas some companies like BEXP are using up to 4 million pounds of proppant (sand plus ceramics); and sometimes the amount of ceramics used is more than the sand.] [Update: June 9, 2015. When I first started blogging, one million lbs of sand was common and then, as noted, BEXP pushed it to 4 million lbs. Maybe two years or three later EOG, with its own sand mines in Wisconsin pushed it to 10 million lbs for a long lateral. Now, EOG has used almost 20 million lbs in a long lateral.]
August 20, 2016: Mike Filloon talks about mega-fracks --
- Mega-fracs continue to use large volumes of sand per well, with some operators now using up to 3,000 lbs/ft
- The combination of increased locations completed in the STACK, Delaware and Midland basins with enhanced completions using up to 30,000,000 lbs per well could aid in increasing sand pricing
- Frac sand producer stock prices have improved, significantly from earlier this year but with demand growing at its current pace there could be extended gains into year end
- number of stages: 35 - 45 stages seems typical; there are few exceptions on the low side; more exceptions on the high side
- sand/ceramic: 4 million lbs to 8 million pounds seems typical; again, there are few exceptions on the low side; more exceptions on the high side.