Black Mountain to open Oklahoma frac sand facility

By William Clarke
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 Oklahoma.

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.