Frac sand output starts at Atlas Sand's newest Texas mine
Published: Thursday, 20 December 2018
US frac sand miner Atlas Sand made the first deliveries from its new facility in the US state of Texas on Wednesday October 30, and production was expected to ramp up to a rate equivalent to 4 million short tons per year within the first six weeks.
The facility’s location in Monahans allows it
to provide sand to the oil-bearing Permian Basin with minimal
Atlas already operates a facility in Kermit, Texas, in the
same range of sand dunes.
"Atlas Monahans, being essentially a twin facility to Atlas
Kermit, increases our company-wide production capacity to
approximately 8 million tons per year, or about 1,000
truckloads per day," chief operating officer Hunter Wallace
"Much like what we saw at Atlas Kermit, we expect this
facility to ramp up to full production capacity very quickly,
due to the efficiencies and redundancies that we designed into
the plant," he added.
This latest opening follows a period of rapid expansion for
the West Texas sand industry. But this increase in the use of
locally sourced sand has weighed on prices for sand from
regions further away from oil-extraction operations.