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Preferred Sands Focuses Attention on Providing Innovative, Cost-Effective Technologies to the Canadi
Leading proppant technology company announces two new hires to lead its strategic efforts and growing Canadian terminal network
Preferred Sands Introduces 22K Proppant “Heat” as the Newest High-Performance Product in Its Polymer
Leading proppant technology company expands Polymeric Proppant line after its Garnet Tail-In Proppant outperformed Raw Sand by more than 100 percent in horizontal wells in Pa.
Preferred Sands Launches FloPRO PTT™ to Maximize Proppant Distribution and Increase Production
Leading proppant technology company to introduce its innovative proppant transport technology at the Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition
Proppant Providers Launch Technologies to Improve Output, Reduce Costs
Radnor, PA-based Preferred Sands has fracture sand processing plants in Nebraska, Minnesota, Arizona and Wisconsin. Its innovation is an expansion to its flagship MultiPRO service, FloPRO PTT, which is designed to enhance proppant distribution and increase production. FloPRO uses proppant transport technology with a hydrophobic coating that is designed to remain on the proppant after transfer. In tests, the technology has improved water flowback and increased oil mobility -- enhancing a formation's relative permeability to hydrocarbons.
Breathing Easier Around Silica Sand
It has become clear that silica dust exposure is a significant health issue facing the oil and gas industry. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has included a hazard alert on its website indicating that contact with this substance is a threat to those conducting hydraulic fracturing operations.
Preferred Sands Launches New "Build a Better Well" Campaign to Optimize Well Designs
Preferred Sands, one of North America’s leading proppant technology companies, today announced the launch of its “Build a Better Well” Campaign, a pioneering new initiative aimed at increasing production while reducing costs for operators. Through the Build a Better Well Campaign, Preferred Sands tracks real well production reports and studies well designs throughout North America from proposal and completions to production, with the goal of providing operators with targeted feedback to optimize well designs.
Genoa Sand Outperformed Premium White Sand by up to 29 Percent
Preferred Sands, one of North America’s leading proppant technology companies, today announced that wells located in Weld County, Colo. that used Preferred’s Genoa Sand proppant outperformed competing wells using Premium White Sand at comparable vertical depths by up to 29 percent. Genoa is primarily a fine mesh size production facility, which aligns with the significant 40/70 sand demand in the region.
Report Shows Sands Of Bidahochi Are Ideal For Hydraulic Fracking
Northeastern Arizona is once again being spotlighted for its vast natural resources. According to a recent report provided by the Arizona Geological Survey, the sands in the Bidahochi Formation near Sanders is considered ideal for hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.”
Preferred Sands’ Arizona Sand Outperformed Premium White Sand by up to 28 Percent in Horizontal Well
Real well production results show that wells using Preferred's Arizona Sand outperformed competing wells using Premium White Sand by up to 28%, or over $1,000,000 in average increased production.
DustPRO™ Installs First Application Unit in the Marcellus/Utica
DustPRO, LLC announced that it has installed its first DustPRO™ Application Unit in the Northeast region at a transload facility operated by Matriculated Services, LLC.
Preferred Sands’ Garnet Resin-Coated Sand Outperformed Conventional Resin Production by 90 Percent i
Leading proppant technology company’s RCS Garnet resin-coated sand produced the top performing well for lateral length in 2013 and 2014
Oil price rises as rig count falls and OPEC stands firm
Michael O'Neill, founder and CEO of Preferred Sands, said oil companies - his customers - are achieving 25 percent to 30 percent more production for every dollar they spend because they're focused on building better wells and reaching more subterranean rock.
Stopping Silicosis at its Source
Matthew Navea, Preferred Sands, USA, presents a treated proppant solution to help reduce onsite exposure to crystalline silica dust.
Frac Sand Sources in the United States
The past decade has seen a surge in mineral industry activity targeting the highly pure silica sand deposits of the upper Midwest of the United States for use as frac sand in hydraulic fracturing of unconventional petroleum reservoirs. This frac sand mining boom has resulted from the technological advances in the recovery of petroleum from tight reservoirs that have promoted expansion of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, all of which are driven by the increasing global demand for energy.
DustPRO™ Reduces Airborne Particles During All Sand Transfer Points
DustPRO™, a preventative silica dust solution developed in collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company, has tested to consistently meet current US OSHA Standards
Navigating Bakken Data
Sean Morgan wants to provide accurate, nonskewed downhole oil and gas data—“data that sings”––to every business entity linked to hydrocarbon production.
Science May Trump Going All Going All-Out as Oil Prices Fall
Suppliers of the sand used in hydraulic fracturing say U.S. oil producers should use the lull in drilling as a chance to step back and study mountains of oil-field data on fracturing.
Science May Trump Wildcatting as Oil Prices Fall
The message that a scientific approach should trump the all-out wildcatting of the fading shale boom is echoing through more corridors of the energy industry, and some executives say the slowdown provides a learning opportunity.
Frac Sand Exec Slumping Oil Producers: You're Not Going To Drill Your Way Out of This
The message that a scientific approach should trump the all-out wildcatting of the fading shale boom is echoing through more corridors of the energy industry. But oil producers may not want to hear it.
Dow and Preferred Sands Collaboration Wins 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award
The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) today announced that Dow Chemical Company and Preferred Sands’ innovation, TERAFORCE™ Technology, won the 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award.
US Dow's TERAFORCE wins Polyurethane Innovation Award
US-based Dow Chemical's TERAFORCE won on Wednesday the Polyurethane Innovation Award.
A proppant company, Preferred Sands, used TERAFORCE to coat sand, the first use of its kind for a polyurethane. The result is Preferred Sands's RCS proppant.
US Dow develops first PU used to make proppants for fracking
US-based Dow Chemical and Preferred Sands developed a proppant using polyurethane, a first for the resin.
Preferred Sands Launches NavPort, a Comprehensive Database That Tracks and Links Completion and Prod
Preferred Sands, one of North America’s leading
proppant technology companies, today introduced NavPort, a comprehensive database
that tracks wells from completion to production.
Preferred Technology and Dow Announce Increased Production of DustPRO™ Proppant
Preferred Technology and The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE:DOW), today announced the increased production and capacity of DustPRO™, the only cost-effective preventative proppant solution that limits silica dust exposure and meets all current and proposed OSHA standards.
Demand for Sand Takes Off Thanks to Fracking
Sand prices are rising and companies are racing to build new mines in South Dakota and other locations as demand intensifies for the silica crystals that energy companies use to frac oil and gas wells.
KKR Agrees to Provide Comprehensive Capital Structure Solution to Preferred Sands
KKR, a leading global investment firm, and Preferred Sands, one of North America’s largest producers of sand and resin coated proppants, today announced the signing of definitive agreements under which KKR, in conjunction with Jefferies LLC, has committed to provide a comprehensive financing solution to refinance the company’s entire capital structure. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to close on July 31, 2014.
Preferred Technology’s Silica Dust-Prevention Proppant Test Wells Surpass OSHA Standards
Preferred Technology recently completed a series of successful DustPRO™ proppant pilot wells in Colorado. DustPRO™ third-party industrial hygiene results came back below both the existing and proposed silica permissible exposure limits.
Breakthrough Oil Recovery Technology from Dow and Preferred Sands Wins 2014 R&D 100 Award
R&D Magazine names Preferred RCS™ Resin Coated Sand with Dow TERAFORCE™ Technology one of the 100 most influential innovations in 2013
Preferred Sands to Expand Northern White Sands Operations
Leading proppant technology and manufacturing company announces plans to expand product portfolio to include an additional Northern White sand plant
Preferred Technology Introduces Industry’s First Silica Dust-Control Solution
North America’s leading proppant technology company expands product line to include DustPRO™, a cost-effective, dust-prevention proppant solution.
Turns out the Loup Power District's excess sand is perfect for fracking – and worth millions
The relationship between Preferred Sands and Loup Power is “perfect.” Nance County Board member Clair Jones said Preferred offers good wages and excellent benefits, and employees drive as far as 50 miles to work there.
The Proppant Picture
A self-suspending technology reveals the state of the proppant industry, proving that although products have been proven, operators are still in search of innovative alternatives that can enhance production.
Preferred Sands and Dow Report Significantly Increased Demand for Its Specialty Hydraulic Fracturing
RSC Garnet is completely non-phenolic and has helped spur greater interest in sustainable alternatives in the oil and gas industry. In addition to being environmentally sensitive, the product is both cost effective and more efficient than phenolic-based frac sands.
Preferred Sands Named to Deloitte’s 2013 Technology Fast 500™
With sustainability and innovation at the core of Preferred Sands, the company is continuing to develop technologies that minimize environmental impact and enhance business operations. Preferred provides customers with outstanding performance-to-cost value.
Preferred Sands: Data, Discovery and Distribution
Preferred delivers value by answering industry demands through a series of business platforms.
Preferred Sands Recognized for Its Industry-Leading Environmental Stewardship
One of North America's largest proppant manufacturers earns 2013 Oil & Gas Award for its environmentally-sensitive resin-coated sand technology.
Grains of (frack) Sand
Preferred Sands, under its savvy CEO Michael O’Neill, has taken an aggressive approach on the market, quickly becoming the third- largest supplier in North America.
Frack Supply Industry Evolving, Expanding
The frack sand industry is rapidly evolving, and for several production or distribution companies, this summer has also meant expansion.
Proppants Market Could be worth $10bn by 2017
Fracking continues to drive demand for frac sand, resin-coated, ceramic product
Work smarter, not harder: A look inside Michael O'Neill's philosophy for work-life balance.
Work Smarter, Not Harder: Inside Michael O'Neill's philosophy for work-life balance at Preferred Sands.
Fracking parts company expands production
Preferred Sands LLC has formed a partnership with a Mexican company that it says will enable it to expand its proppant production by 40,000 tons per month.
Preferred Sands Q&A
Preferred Sands is a major player in the acquisition and development of high quality reserves, exclusive silica sand and resin-coated sand products, with the added capability of delivering its products at the lowest cost in the industry.
Guiding an Energy Renaissance: Questions and Answers With Michael O'Neill
In January 2013, Preferred Sands debuted a full-service bulk proppant distribution system available to industry suppliers.
Behind the Scenes at Preferred Sands
Industrial Minerals goes behind the scenes at Preferred's new Technology Center in Houston, which will be used to focus on developing high-performance solutions for more efficient and cost-effective natural oil and gas drilling.
Preferred Sands opens expanded tech center in Houston, welcomes energy entrepreneurs
Preferred Sands LLC has opened a new, expanded research and development center in Houston. In addition to developing new products, the company also has plans for the center to be a type of incubator, attracting innovative entrepreneurs working on new products in the onshore drilling space.
Environmentally friendly proppant technology to improve hydraulic fracturing efficiency
Preferred RCS' innovative process allows for coated sand to be produced in a manufacturing process that requires less energy while minimizing environmental impact compared to current phenolic resins
Preferred Sands Increases Connectivity with Infor ION and Infor Ming.le
Infor, a leading provider of business application software serving more than 70,000 customers, partnered with Infor Syteline user Preferred Sands to help increase connectivity at the company's six plant locations and 54 distribution terminals.
Infor Announces 2013 Excellence in Action Award Winners
Preferred Sands was Named Infor's 2013 Excellence in Action Customer of the Year
True Grit with Preferred Sands
Preferred Sands is best known for its supply pipeline and resin-coated sand products and services, O’Neill says. The company's full-service distribution system for bulk proppant is available to a range of industry suppliers. Its goal is to minimize shipping costs in order to address a fractured supply chain that leads to inefficiencies and additional fees.
New nonphenolic, resin-coating proppants for hydraulic fracturing
Preferred RCS offers a cleaner and more environmentally friendly/sensitive range of fracturing proppants.
RCS coating performs without activators
Preferred RCS' new bondable coating exhibits lower onset temperatures, performing under low temperatures and closure stresses without the negative effects of the use of activators.
Preferred Sands Launches New Proprietary Technology For Hydraulic Fracturing Proppants
Preferred Sands today announced the launch of the first non-phenolic, resin-coating technology for proppants used in hydraulic fracturing. The proprietary technology, developed in conjunction with The Dow Chemical Company [NYSE: DOW], will expand the Preferred RCS product line by offering a high-performing non-phenolic product that is cleaner and more environmentally sensitive compared to traditional phenolic-based resins.
Preferred is #17 among the Best Companies to Work for in PA
This program evaluates and ranks the best places of employment in the State based on employee satisfaction and engagement, as well as workplace practices and policies.
Preferred Sands CEO Named Award Winner
Michael G. O'Neill, founder and CEO of Preferred Sands, was named the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 “Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources Category Award” winner. The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award is the country's most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs.
Pioneer of Environmental Sustainability in the Hydraulic Fracturing Sand Industry: Michael G. O’Neil
Michael G. O’Neill, Founder and CEO of Preferred Sands, Named Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2012 Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources Category Award winner
Entrepreneur of the Year: Energy, Cleantech and Natural Resources
With his sights set on creating one of the top three businesses in any industry he enters, Michael O’Neill has a simple strategy to achieve that goal: surround yourself with the best people.
If there is anything that can help drive a business’s success, it is a company’s initiative to fulfill an unsatisfied need. That is what CEO Michael O’Neill says he has done with Preferred Sands. “We responded when others didn’t meet the demand,” he states.
Mike O'Neill, Preferred Sands CEO Named SmartCEO CEO of the Year
Hard-charging visionary, Harley-riding, father of five, philanthropist, humanitarian. These are a few words that sum up Mike O'Neill
2012 List of Best Places to Work in PA announced
Preferred Sands was listed as a Best Place to Work in PA 2012!
Students visit Preferred Sands Plant
Twenty eight students from FPS Industrial Arts classes took a field trip to the Preferred Sands plant hosted by Jeff Horn.
Preferred RCS’ environmentally safe sands are the future of hydraulic fracturing.
Preferred Sands Announces Development of Preferred RCS Garnet
Preferred Sands proudly introduces RCS Garnet, the only non-phenolic coated proppant in the oil and gas industry that can consistently create particle-to-particle bonding in conditions as low as 90 degrees F without the use of an activator
Preferred Sands Announces Development of First Clean Resin-Coated Proppant Line in Full Production
Preferred Sands, a leading producer of frac sand and coated proppants in North America, is pleased to announce the development of the first clean resin-coated proppant line in full production, Preferred RCS.
It's arguably the most annoying commodity on the market, but the pebble in energy manufacturer's shoes is building Nebraska's rural economy one grain at a time.
Schools, Preferred Sands Work to Build Workforce
A rapidly expanding sand mining operation near Sanders has enough sand, according to mine representatives, to keep operating for the next 300 years.
Years of Dredged up sand from Loup Power Canal used in fracking
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure, the old saying goes. This is certainly true at Preferred Sands of Genoa.
Mining firms: We’re keeping things safe
The developer of what would be Chippewa County’s largest sand mine and the backers of another mine said they are taking steps to address the air and water concerns of Town of Auburn residents.
Environmentally sustainable sand product serves fracking
Preferred RCS Emerald resin-coated sands are announced to service frac sand operations - and at a variety of well conditions and depths.
Sand company takes another step
Preferred Sands works with Cooks Valley on addressing its concerns.
Mining firm promises jobs at Chippewa County site
A sand mine in the Chippewa County town of Auburn would create 30 to 35 jobs, and between 750,000 and 1 million tons of sand would be hauled from the site annually over 25 years.
Source to Site
Frac sand is playing a major role in today’s push for U.S. energy independence, but where does it come from?
Preferred Sands Debuts Environmentally Sustainable Resin Coated Frac Sand
One of the largest silica sand and proppant producers in the US and Canada, Preferred Sands, has announced what it calls the first environmentally sustainable resin-coated sand product to the frac sand market.
Sand by the numbers
In the daily sand debates that are happening in Wisconsin’s communities, essential economic facts are too often overlooked. Thousands of local people have a job directly because of the sand industry.
Preferred Sands Develops Clean Resin-Coated Product To Service Frac Sand Market
Preferred Sands, one of the largest silica sand and proppant producers in the U.S. and Canada, has announced the debut of the first environmentally sustainable resin-coated sand product to service the frac sand industry.
Preferred Sands Develops Clean Resin-Coated Sands
The first environmentally sustainable resin-coated sand product to service the frac sand industry has been introduced, according to Preferred Sands.
Oil and Gas Boom Lifts U.S. Economy
There is no oil and gas production in Idaho, but that doesn't mean the U.S. energy boom has bypassed this bedroom community west of Boise.
Frac sand in the pipeline
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Frac Sand Supplier Launches Unit Train To Serve Marcellus Shale Development
Frac sand and proppant company Preferred Sands has launched a unit train service between its Genoa, Neb., silica sand mine and a 14,000-ton storage facility in McKees Rocks, Pa.
Preferred Sands announces debt offering to finance acquisition
Preferred Sands L.L.C., the Radnor company that supplies proppant for hydraulic fracturing of oil and natural gas wells, disclosed Thursday that it had arranged a $376 million debt offering to finance a recent acquisition.
Preferred Sands provides unit train service to Pennsylvania
Another sign of the shales-are-driving-business times: U.S. and Canadian silica sand and proppant producer Preferred Sands recently developed a 90-plus car unit train service that runs between the company’s Genoa, Neb., silica sand mine and a 14,000-ton storage facility in McKees Rocks, Pa.
Preferred Sands Acquires Winn Bay Sand
Preferred Sands LLC, Radnor, Pa., will spend more than $200 million to buy “substantially all the assets” of Winn Bay Sand LP, including operations in Blair, Wis., and Hanson Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada.