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5 Ways to Leverage the Looming Frac Sand Boom
Hydraulic Fracking Techniques Creating Unprecedented Demand for Silica Sands
The demand for frac sand has exploded in the past several years as thousands of oil and natural gas wells are being stimulated using the hydraulic fracturing process. A hydraulic fracturing job on one well can require a few thousand tons of sand. This surge of specialized drilling has created a billion dollar frac sand industry in a very short time. Frac sand (proppant) use has nearly doubled since Q3 2012.
Recently, one of the largest Silica Sands producers, U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SLCA) announced the delivery of a record-breaking 150-car unit train carrying over 16,500 tons of U.S. Silica White® frac sand from Ottawa, IL to a transload facility serving the Permian Basin