Haynesville shale in-basin frack sand mine announced

By Luke Geiver | October 01, 2018

Gen6 Proppants is moving in on the top ten Haynesville shale energy producers. With its recently announced frack sand mine in the Red River Parish of Northern Louisiana, the Houston-based frack sand provider will be the closest sand provider to the Haynesville’s main operators.

“The growing need for a more local frack sand source has become paramount to our customers as drilling in the Haynesville continues to increase,” said Brant Baird, president of Gen6.

With the permitting and procurement process already underway, Gen6 believes construction on the 1.5 million annual ton site will begin this year with the first delivery of sand happening in mid-2019. The Haynesville is in the midst of a natural gas production boom, exceeding the highest production levels in the area since September 2012. The U.S. Energy Information Administration noted in June this year that the region average 6.4 billion cubic feet per day of shale gas.

Gen6 said that the average two-well pad in the main area of the Haynesville requires 1,200 truckloads of sand. The Red River Parish mine will be able to produce roughly 75 million tons of sand. The main two sand sizes will be 40/70 and 100 mesh sand.

Gen6 is a part of Momentum Midstream, a company formed in 2005. In the past 13 years, Momentum’s team has built, acquired, operated an maintained an asset package that includes 2,000 miles of gathering pipelines, 12 processing facilities, three NGL fractionation facilities, more than 1 million barrels of storage and more than 100,000 horsepower of compression.