Our sand is never delivered straight from the mine. Instead, we use a carefully developed process that ensures every shipment of proppant arrives exactly as our clients expect.
High-quality silica sand is the secret to successful fracing. Proppant is the most critical element in fracture mining because the correct material ultimately defines deliverability. They should be permeable to gas under high pressures, with large spaces between particles, but mechanically strong enough to withstand closure stress and extreme conditions. Using the wrong proppant material will either reduce yields or cause delays, both of which significantly impair the production of a mine.
Our Pontotoc mine provides three different products: 100 mesh, 40/70 mesh, and 40/80 mesh. All three are thoroughly washed, sifted, and inspected to ensure they meet our customer’s standards. Above all, Pontotoc Sand & Stone is a dedicated hydraulic fracturing sand provider. Outlined below are our goals:
Pontotoc’s 100 mesh size frac sand is the most commonly used type among our clients. It boasts a high crush strength, great sphericity, and passes 95-100% of particles through a 200 mesh sieve. Our mean particle size is 10-20 microns, making it cost-effective and perfect for oil and gas extraction.
Our 40/70 mesh frac sand is vital for many of the well operations we serve. This particular mesh boasts a mean of 55 microns. Its strength and small size make it ideal for slickwater fracturing processes, providing better efficiency than bigger particles. Plus, it increases the fracture widths and conducts fluid flow well.
Our 40/80 mesh proppant, sourced from Oklahoma mines, has many benefits for hydraulic fracturing operations. It meets all API acid solubility and crush resistance standards. Its low acid solubility and turbidity reduce dust creation, while its high silica content ensures excellent crushing. 40/80’s high roundness and cracking point can handle a pressure of up to 10k psi.
Our carefully refined delivery process means quick turnaround times for every truckload of frac sand you order. At Pontotoc, you can source the needed materials and easily fit delivery into tight project schedules. Reach out to the experts today.
At Pontotoc, we’ve made sand mining simpler and faster. Our automated loader reduces downtime and speeds up the entire process from hours to just seven minutes! A more efficient approach means you get lower costs in the long run.
Pontotoc Sand & Stone follows a highly regulated process for the extraction of silicon. The first phase consists of removing all vegetation, overlying soil, and unwanted rock layers from the drilling sites and wells where the frac sand is mined. The exposed sandstone is extracted from the mine walls and deposited into trucks by excavation equipment.
After being broken down by an industrial crusher, the grain sand is washed, sifted, separated, and tested before being stockpiled and sold. Sand that is too large to use as frac sand is set aside and sold as an alternative industrial sand product. The rest is cleaned to remove unwanted clay and silt, then pumped to settling tanks where flocculants are added to remove any remaining particles. Belt presses remove water from the sediment, making the process faster and more efficient.
The washed and cleaned sand is then stockpiled into trucks for the final drying and sorting at company facilities. Reject materials like clay and silt are moved to holding ponds, and water is reused to transport and wash sand in the future. Dry reject material like sludge in settling ponds is moved and added to the reclamation pile. The mines are filled with unwanted rock and rejected materials during reclamation. The area behind the excavation step is filled with these materials, and the new surface is coated with stockpiled topsoil and replanted.