Atlas Sand frac sand operations coming in 2018

By |  December 19, 2017

Atlas Sand’s positions in Kermit and Monahans, Texas. Image courtesy of PRNewsfoto and Atlas Sand Co.

Atlas Sand’s plant in Kermit, Texas, is expected to start production during the second quarter of 2018, while the company’s Monahans, Texas, plant is anticipated to start up in the third quarter of the new year.

“We’re very excited to announce our plan to supply West Texas with the highest-quality premium frac sand, which we believe is uniquely sourced from the giant modern open dunes, and which are logistically advantaged by their positions in Kermit and Monahans, Texas,” says Bud Brigham, Atlas Sand’s chairman and founding investor. “We have assembled a great team and a dominant position in the basin, with unparalleled size and scalability. Our reserves are optimally located to serve a significant share of the robust activity in West Texas.”

Atlas Sand controls about 6,000 acres, or 60 percent, of the Kermit dune and about 8,500 acres, or 100 percent, of the Monahans dune, with the exception of a state park. Additionally, Atlas Sand holds about 23,500 acres of off-dune buried sand near the open dune.

Atlas Sand received permit approval for the Kermit and Monahans sites, representing a combined total permitted capacity of about 8.8 million tpy. By the end of 2018, Atlas Sand expects to have both the Kermit and Monahans plants online with annual sand production potential of 6 million tpy at full utilization.

The company plans to bring on at least 12 million tons of total production potential in the Permian Basin, possibly as early as the end of 2019. It could potentially double that capacity to 24 million tons in 2020 or 2021, the company says.

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