The Six Factors that Drive Efficiency and Effectiveness in Frac Sand Sourcing

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Our IndustryVoice article gave you some insights about the top four factors to consider when you’re selecting a frac sand supplier, but there are two more factors we think you’ll want to consider.

We’ll recap the four you’ve already seen, offer some insights about how Wisconsin Proppants measures up, and close with two more important factors that you should consider.

ONE: ENSURE PRODUCT QUALITY

From maximum-quality Northern White sand to locally sourced Permian grades, Wisconsin Proppant mine reserves meet industry standards for frac sand quality. To ensure consistent quality after processing, we use fluidized bed drying technology, and we back it up with on-site laboratories that collect samples through all processing stages until storage, where a certificate of analysis (CoA) is issued by day, silo, and grade.

TWO: OPTIMIZE PRODUCTION CAPACITY AND MESH FLEXIBILITY

Our mines use cyclones and hydrosizers to separate sand by grades and add flexibility to optimize grade yield based on your demand. Our Hixton, Wisconsin, mine is capable of delivering annual production of 2,700,000 tons of up to five premium frac sand mesh types: 16/30, 20/40, 30/50, 40/70, and 100 mesh. Our Permian Basin mines are capable of delivering annual production up to 4 million tons of fine grade 40/70 and 100 mesh frac sand.

THREE: MAXIMIZE LOADING EFFICIENCY

With adequate storage capacity for loading operations and fully automated loading bays, each mine follows an efficient process that moves haulers into and out of the site in less than 12 minutes. An automated ticketing system integrated within the loading process ensures the right product is loaded in every truck or box.

FOUR: CHOOSE A TRANSPORT-FRIENDLY LOCATION

Our distribution network of first-class rail loadouts connects Wisconsin Proppants to transloads in every major oil and gas market and basin, including those in West Texas, South Texas, Rockies, Bakken, Northeast, and Canada. In the Permian Basin, our mines are ideally positioned to cover the North Delaware Basin (Kermit area) and South Delaware and Midland Basins (Monahans area) with direct access to major highways. That means sand haulers spend more time delivering and less time sitting in traffic.

FIVE: PLAN FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

As a further factor for selecting a sand supplier, evaluate their habitat conservation strategy, land reclamation plan, and water conservation efforts.

Since its first day of production in 2015, the Wisconsin Proppants Hixton mine has been committed to safety and environmental compliance, as recognized by the industry with a 2018 Mine Safety and Health Technology Innovations Award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Our Kermit mine operates with a Texas Conservation Plan (TCP) Certificate of Inclusion for more than 1,000 acres of land. Our approved conservation plan for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard (DSL) goes beyond mitigation with both state and local authorities and environmental groups. Our wet pile dewatering technology is designed for maximum water conservation, and we use a high-efficiency dust collection system on all dryers to manage environmental exposure to silica dust.

SIX: SAVE TIME WITH INTEGRATED LOGISTICS

You can arrange your own trucking and logistics, but you’ll save time and eliminate aggravations if your sand source also offers integrated logistics and well site management.

If you choose, Wisconsin Proppants can deliver to your wellsite with strategic logistics partnerships, plus we assure every delivery. Beginning with our Class I railroad partnerships, our centralized logistics management increases delivery flexibility to minimize product delivery backups and delays.

P&LS trucking and box-on-demand solutions provide transparency to all your shipments. GPS is used to track and optimize truck load moves throughout the network, including data points such as confirmation of load arrivals, departures, and load status.

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