Strict specifications: UK frac sand potential

By IM Staff
Published: Thursday, 28 May 2015

The UK is actively looking at the potential production of shale gas and, as a result, the country’s extractive minerals industry is looking at the role it can play in providing minerals that could be used in hydraulic fracturing (fracking). One such mineral is silica sand, which is used as a proppant, commonly referred to as “frac sand”. Clive Mitchell, Industrial Minerals Specialist, provides an educated guess as to where this frac sand could come from in the UK.

By Clive Mitchell

Frac sand is composed mainly of quartz grains. It is used in the fracking process, hence the name "frac" sand. The sand is entrained in water and is pumped under great pressure into fractures created in the reservoir rock. The sand is packed tightly into the fractures...

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