Atlas Sand will open a new frac sand facility in Kermit, Texas, which it says will offer a production capacity of approximately four million tonnes per year. The company expects the facility to reach this rate within the next six weeks.
Ben M. ‘Bud’ Brigham, Atlas Sand’s founder & chairman, says the facility will help the company provide high quality local Permian frac sand.
“The giant open dune deposits that we are mining have important advantages relative to buried sand deposits, including less pedogenesis and thus fewer impurities, and thousands of additional years of mother nature’s winnowing and sorting to enhance sphericity and thus quality,” Brigham adds.
Hunter Wallace, Atlas Sand’s chief operating officer, says, “With the shift towards local product, the Permian needs highly efficient frac sand production facilities that are not susceptible to frequent production interruptions, which have the potential to reverberate into non-productive time at the well site. With our best-in class load-out design (including seven lanes and approximately 225 truckloads of dry storage per lane), we expect to efficiently and dependably cycle upwards of 500 trucks through the facility daily.”
The company will announce future expansion plans at Kermit at a later date.