After a quick and hard fall in May, the U.S. hydraulic fracturing sector could see crews rise to 170 by fourth-quarter 2021 with the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale registering the largest year-over-year growth, analysts forecast.

The increase would be a rebound from the 60% overall drop in frac crews seen earlier this year, Westwood Global Energy Group data show. But far below high activity levels seen during shale’s heydays.

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