BNSF & U.S. Silica Plan Frack Sand Storage in San Antonio

Expect 3-4 shipments of 10,000 tons per month coming to San Antonio
Frack Sand Storage

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BNSF and U.S. Silica have plans to build a silica sand storage facility in San Antonio for the Eagle Ford Shale. The facility will have capacity to store 15,000 tons of frack sand and should be operational by early 2013.

U.S. Silica expects to make 3-4 shipments per month of 10,000 tons of frack sand from Illinois to Texas. The company will ship three grades of dry sand, as well as resin coated proppants from a new facility in Rochelle, IL. [Read more…]

Frack Sand Demand Leads to Booming Mines

Frack sand, used in hydraulic fracturing operations, is in high demand as shale gas and oil plays grow in the U.S. The Eagle Ford is one of the major hot spots for sand demand. A lot of the sand used in the South Texas play is brought in from Central Texas where sand is easy to mine and has favorable characteristics.  That means it’s uniform, relatively smooth, and round. Good sand can cost upwards of $100 per ton and an operation in the Eagle Ford can used more than 2,000 tons in one well. If you’re counting, that’s $200,000 for sand to complete one well.

It’s truly a boom and as many as 1,000 people are employed in McCulloch County in the sand mines alone. That doesn’t include truckers and other support needed to keep the mines running.  For reference, that is a couple hundred miles away from the closest Eagle Ford production. The Eagle Ford job machine continues on……..  [Read more…]