We at Keystone Oilfield Fabrication LLC have extensive experience in the oil industry. Our team has worked with countless clients to design, build, and install oilfield equipment of all kinds, and we can help keep your existing equipment in great shape.
One essential piece of oilfield infrastructure is sand silos, so we have put together this article to give you more information about what they are and why you need them.
- Role of Sand – To understand the importance of sand silos for your oilfield operation, you first need to know what sand is used for in this industry. Sand is one of the most popular proppant materials used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. In this process, sand is mixed with water and other chemicals to create a solution, which is then injected at high pressures into layers of sedimentary rock. The force of this proppant breaks up the layers and frees any petroleum, natural gases, or other fuels trapped inside.
- Role of Sand Silos – The purpose of sand silos is to hold your fracking sand until it is ready to use and make it easier to get the quantities of sand you need. Keeping sand contained in a silo prevents it from blowing away in the wind, as it would if it were stored outdoors, which helps you save materials and money, and keeps your facilities much cleaner. In addition, sand silos make it easier to load up transportation vehicles with sand when you need to move it; you can simply open the hopper and the sand will pour out.