Unimin plans West Texas sand plant to serve Permian Basin

By Patrick C. Miller | July 10, 2017

The Uimin Corp.—the largest proppant supplier to the oil and gas industry—will build a new regional sand processing plant in West Texas to support increased activity in the Permian Basin.

Headquartered in New Canaan, Connecticut, the company said its new facility will have the capacity to produce up to 5 million tons of sand per year. Unimin expects the plant to be operational by early 2018.

"As the largest proppant supplier to the industry, we continuously strive to deliver increased value for our customers and this investment will allow them to source product closer to the wellhead," said Andrew Eich, Unimin's chief commercial officer. He said the company will deploy the necessary resources to accelerate development and commissioning of the plant.

"Additionally, we see regional sands playing an important role in complementing our industry-leading proppant supply capabilities, further enhancing our ability to serve the Permian Basin." Eich added.

Unimin said this project follows several other capacity expansions at key facilities which will be commissioned in 2017. According to the company, it has received commitments from customers to support its Permian Basin investment.

A member of the privately held Sibelco Group, Unimin serves the oil and gas industry through the 49 mining and mineral processing facilities it operates in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Unimin Energy Solutions provides a range of API-quality quartz proppants, resin-coated sands, cementing additives, gravel packing media and drilling mud additives.