- Unimin Corp
- US Silica
- Hi-Crush Partners
According to the news source, analysts expect half of next year’s sand demand to come from West Texas, where high demand and limited local supply has caused sand costs to rise for drillers.
Having a local frac sand source will be cheaper than having to ship it by train from Wisconsin, or truck it in from 200 miles away.
”There aren’t any sand mines in the Permian Basin, so, obviously, transportation costs will be much lower,” said Michael Lawson, a spokesman for U.S. Silica, which is investing $225 million in a sand plant that will produce 4 million tons of sand per year.