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Understanding Sand and Proppant Storage for Hydrocarbon Production

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The more things change, the more they stay the same. That may sound more like a cliché than anything, but the reality is that the use of sand in fracturing has remained the same for decades. Mixing sand with viscous water to develop a slurry that is pumped into a well to fracture rock may sound like a simple process, but without the right materials and proppant storage, the desired goal cannot be reached.

Understanding Sand and Proppant Storage for Hydrocarbon Production

Testing and quality control are critical to ensure the sand received from the supply chain is free from debris and other contaminants. It must also meet the sand specifications for the project at hand. It must have the proper crush resistance, sphericity, and mineralogy, as well as absence of impurities. Once the sand arrives without being contaminated in transport, the next step is taking care with storage until it is to be used.

The right proppant storage vessel is critical and must be kept in top condition to ensure its contents will perform at the level of well productivity desired. When you consider the super-high-pressure environment that proppants face when thousands of feet below the surface, it stands to reason that you wouldn’t want to settle for anything less than a superior proppant storage vessel.

At Keystone Oilfield Fabrication LLC, we are a supplier for many of the oilfields in Texas. We are happy to work with you to develop the perfectly completed proppant storage vessel that fits your needs. We understand the challenges you face and the importance of holding fractures open as long as possible, so we will do our part to make your operation a successful one. Reach out today with any questions you might have.