Growing Arkansas frack sand supplier uses barge for Marcellus

By Luke Geiver | November 14, 2017

Select Sands can now supply frack sand by land and sea. The Vancouver, British Columbia-based industrial silica provider that started a mine in Arkansas in 2014, has signed a deal with an end-user to ship 10,000 tons of frack sand sourced from Arkansas to the Northeastern U.S. where it will be used in the Appalachia region—home to the Marcellus and Utica shale gas plays.

In addition to its shipping routes capable of bringing sand to Appalachia, the company said it can also move product on the Mississippi River to the Gulf Coast, allowing it to reach the Eagle Ford and Permian.

Since the second quarter, revenue for the company has increased by 148 percent from $3.1 million in Q2 to $6.6 million this quarter. Total volumes of frack sand sold this quarter also increased by 117 percent compared to the previous quarter.

“We anticipate growing demand for our Northern White frack sand product due to its premium quality and the strategic location of our operations relatively close to some of the most prolific producing oil and gas basins in the U.S., including the Permian, Eagle Ford, SCOOP/STACK, Haynesville, Utica, Marcellus and DJ,” said Zig Vitols, CEO of Select Sands.

Although the company currently has the capacity to produce 600,000 tons of sand annually, it recently signed a purchase agreement that will allow the company to expand in the region where it currently minds for frack sand. Those expansion efforts are not set to date, but the Select Sands team believes they will commence expansion in the future.