Pioneering What’s Next

For more than a decade, Preferred has been at the forefront of energy innovation, offering the highest-quality frac sand, energy and world class logistics. While the shift to in-basin and regional frac sand development has been largely a 2017 theme for some, Preferred’s leadership saw and helped to advance this industry shift years ago. In 2012, Preferred developed its own data aggregation software, NavPort, to study well production throughout the country. It was this data that ultimately drove Preferred’s national in-basin strategy after finding that less expensive, local, fine brown sand yielded similar production results as more costly Northern White sand.

As one of the first companies to employ a national in-basin sand strategy, Preferred is driving down the cost of frac sand, while increasing well production. This national in-basin strategy allows Preferred to reduce its dependency on rail and develop frac sand plants closer to the end user, with a majority of its customers within 75 miles of its plants. We process high performance silica sands in multiple gradations, including: 12/20; 16/30; 20/40; 30/50; 40/70; 100 mesh.

In-basin sand drives down costs by eliminating:

  • Freight rail
  • Associated railcar fleets
  • Origin or destination capex for rail or transloads
  • Terminal expenses

2.5x

Demand for U.S. land proppant has risen from 42 mm tons in 2016 to 108 mm tons in 2018, which is more than a 2.5x increase

100%

100% of Preferred’s capacity is regional and in-basin sand

3.5x

With a refocused effort on in-basin sand in the most prolific basins in the country, demand for sand from 2016 to 2018 has increased by: 3.5x in the Permian, 3x in the Mid-Con, 2x in the Eagle Ford

Preferred has a diversified portfolio of in-basin / regional mines serving the most prolific basins in North America. As one of the first companies to employ a national in-basin frac sand strategy, Preferred is driving down the cost of frac sand while increasing well production.

 

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