Frack sand facilities will serve Haynesville shale customers

By Patrick C. Miller | April 16, 2018

Performance Proppants LLC is constructing a 3.2-million-ton-per-year frack sand facility at River Ridge, Louisiana, which is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2019.

Based in Shreveport, the company also announced that its Hat Creek, Louisiana, facility—which became operational in October 2017—has reached its name-plate capacity of 4,000 tons per day. The plant is expected to produce 1.5 million tons of frack sand during 2018.

After the River Ridge facility goes operational, Performance Proppants said it will produce about 4.7 million tons of frack sand per year across multiple grades from its 105 million tons of estimated reserves.

“Our team has worked very hard to get the Hat Creek facility to full capacity,” said Bill Bowdon, Performance Proppants' president. “We are very pleased with the outcome at Hat Creek and with the addition of River Ridge, are looking forward to becoming the leading provider of regional sand in the Ark-La-Tex.”

Permitting and engineering has occurred at the River Ridge deposit over the past four months. This deposit consists of 40-70 and 100-mesh fine-grade sand, which the company said is in high demand in the Haynesville and Cotton Valley trends.

According to Performance Proppants, the Haynesville shale has seen an abrupt change in completion design in which regional sands have replaced northern white sands in recent months—lowering well costs for drillers in the play.

Performance Proppants said it has facilities and reserves located within 75 miles of some of the most prolific natural gas plays in the U.S., providing clients with two in-basin frack sand options.

“The River Ridge deposit allows our company the operational flexibility to produce our products from two locations while also doubling production capacity,” Bowdon said. “It also gives us a strong presence in the 40-70 and 30-70 market. There is approximately 70 million tons of 30-70 and 40-70 material at River Ridge.”