Black Mountain Sand is excited to announce that construction is underway on our sixth in-basin frac sand mine, the first outside of Texas. Located in Blaine County, the Mid-Continent facility will serve oilfield service companies and operators throughout central Oklahoma’s SCOOP/STACK shale plays in the Anadarko Basin.
The targeted date for the mine’s first commercial shipment is mid-January 2019. Once fully commissioned, the Mid-Con mine will employ 75 people and produce 3 million tons of sand annually.
COMING SOON TO SCOOP/STACK
About Mid-Continent frac sand in the Anadarko Basin
In 2017, the Energy Information Administration recognized the Mid-Continent’s Anadarko Basin among the top U.S. shale plays––mainly driven by production gains enjoyed in the SCOOP and STACK production areas. SCOOP stands for South-Central Oklahoma Oil Province. STACK gets its name from an abbreviated reference to its geographic boundaries – Sooner Trend, Anadarko (basin), Canadian and Kingfisher (counties) and includes the birthplace of horizontal drilling in the region, the Cana-Woodford Shale. Both the SCOOP and STACK feature multiple stacked geologic horizons with significant liquids potential.
Market intelligence firm McKinsey Energy Insights notes an approximate 70 percent increase in initial production in wells drilled in the basin, mainly driven by horizontal drilling and completion efficiency gains since 2013. As oil prices continue to top the $60 per barrel mark, the area is expected to see a continued upswing in drilling and completion activities. With that upswing comes a rise in frac sand demand. According to the energy investment and merchant banking firm Tudor Pickering & Holt, frac sand demand in the basin will total over 8.4 mm total tons in 2018, rising to 10 mm total tons in 2019.
According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Oklahoma produced a record 16.8 million barrels of crude in March 2018, besting its previous high of about 16.4 million set in January.
Frac sand demand in the Mid-Continent will total over 8.4 mm total tons in 2018, rising to 10 mm total tons in 2019.