Frac sand output starts at Atlas Sand's newest Texas mine

By William Clarke
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 logistics costs.

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 said.

"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.