In this week's news, Halliburton and U.S. Silica moved nearly 19,000 tons of sand for fracking from Illinois to Texas, and the EIA predicts that November oil production will likely decline

Halliburton announced Oct. 17 that it, along with U.S. Silica Holdings, has moved the largest sand unit train of its kind to date, traveling a route from Illinois to Texas.

The record-breaking unit train carried nearly 19,000 tons of white sand from U.S. Silica’s plant in Ottawa, Illinois, to Halliburton’s Elmendorf South Texas Sand Plant near San Antonio. Unit trains are designed to reduce transit time from mine to transload facility. The sand load was carried via BNSF Railway.

The unit train took five days to build and was loaded with 30/50 and 40/70 fracture sand. The Elmendorf plant is able to handle two 115-car unit trains simultaneously and hold 40,000 tons in its eight silos.

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November Oil Production Likely to Decline

Oil production from six major shale plays is expected to drop or stay the same in November. The only area where oil production is likely to increase is the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The biggest drop in oil production from October to November is in the Eagle Ford Shale, the EIA says. It is predicting oil production will decline by 35,000 barrels per day — from 982,000 bpd in October to 947,000 bpd in November.

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The EIA also says natural gas production will increase in two plays, the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania and the Permian Basin, while dropping in the other five plays.

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