Black Mountain to open Oklahoma frac sand facility
Published: Monday, 22 October 2018
The new frac sand capacity will come online in January 2019.
US miner Black Mountain Sand is bringing another 3 million
short tons per year of frac sand capacity online in
The mine, in Blaine County, Oklahoma, is planned to come
online in January 2019.
Black Mountain is the latest producer to open new capacity
in Oklahoma, which is emerging as a third centre of in-basin
sand production, after the local sand booms in the Permian and
Eagle Ford oil basins in Texas.
In-basin sand is produced close to fracking demand
centers to cut down on logistical costs.
Black Mountain’s new facility is its sixth
mine, and the first outside of Texas, bringing total capacity
across all mines to over 19 million short tpy.
Black Mountain Sand reports that the new mine will make it
the largest in-basin sand producer in the US.
"With Houston-based research firm Seaport Global Securities
estimating total 2019 frac sand demand at 115 million [short]
tons, the company’s annual production capacity
equals 16.5% of the market," Black Mountain said.