Shale gas play gains new frack sand operation

By Luke Geiver | October 31, 2017

Haynesville shale gas producers have a new in-basin option for proppant. Shreveport, La.-based Performance Proppants LLC has opened a new 1.4 million ton per year frack sand supply facility in the heart of the Haynesville. Following a year of construction, the Hat Creek facility “will give service companies and operators alike the ability to lower costs and improve cycle times,” according to Bill Bowdon, president of Performance Proppants.

“Our facilities and reserves are located within 75 miles of some of the most prolific natural gas plays in the United States,” Bowdon said. “We will have the ability to provide our clients with two in-basin options for frack sand.”

In addition to the Hat Creek facility, Performance Proppants has also acquired roughly 2,000 acres only 30 miles away from the Hat Creek site. The site, yet to be developed, contains an estimated 60 million tons of reserves, according to the company. Construction at the Doddridge, Arkansas facility will begin this year.

The Haynesville remains one of the leading shale gas plays in the U.S. The play in East Texas and Northeast Louisiana, is producing 7,270 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. At its peak, the play produced more than 10,000 mcf/d between 2011 and 2012. There are currently more than 50 drilling rigs operating in the play, a number similar to 2013 when the play was producing well over 8,000 mcf/d of natural gas.