Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, LLC announced the initial deployment of the company’s 5-million-lb. Mobile Sand Silo System. This new 12-silo system recently was used to successfully complete a “zipper” frac of two wells on a pad in the Permian Basin.
The system delivered sand at an average rate of nearly 23,000 lb. per min. into two blenders simultaneously. The Solaris system was used to complete 34 frac stages and deliver 30 million lb. of sand during the four-day completion of both wells. During a single 24-hour period, the system delivered nearly 9 million lb. of sand to the wells. The 12-silo system enabled 22 frac sand trucks to simultaneously unload sand at the well site, resulting in an effective truck offload rate of approximately 1.65 million lb. per hour and eliminating truck demurrage on site.
Solaris developed the 12-silo system to complement the company’s original six-silo, 2.5-million-lb. Mobile Sand Silo System. Solaris has deployed the six-silo systems to serve leading exploration and production companies and oilfield service providers operating in most major North American shale plays including the Marcellus Shale, Midland Basin, Delaware Basin, Eagle Ford Shale, Haynesville Shale and Tuscaloosa Marine Shale.
Despite the recent downturn in crude oil prices, Solaris’ mobile fleet has grown as the company continues to create operational efficiencies and economic savings for its customers while also materially reducing silica dust at the well site. Solaris’ fleet of six-silo systems now stands at 18, having more than quadrupled since September 2014. The company will continue to add to its fleet of both six- and 12-silo systems to meet market demand in 2015 and beyond. Solaris also is adapting its mobile sand silos for use in rail-to-truck and truck-to-truck transload applications. Solaris expects to deliver its first Mobile Transload System in the fourth quarter of 2015.
“As operators continue to enhance completion techniques and improve well economics in a challenging price environment, we will be working closely with our customers to increase efficiency and lower completion costs. We also remain committed to responsible citizenship. All of our oilfield solutions create cleaner, safer well sites by greatly reducing free-floating silica dust during operations,” said Solaris Chairman and CEO William Zartler. “We are pleased to have added 14 Mobile Sand Silo Systems to our fleet in the past year. We will continue to innovate and expand our service offerings to meet the needs of our customers.”
Solaris also recently deployed its new, state-of-the-art Sand Controls System. The Solaris Sand Controls System monitors multiple proppant delivery data points in real time from any location, including inside a frac technician’s data van. The system samples more than 1,400 data points, aggregating and trending proppant inventory levels and consumption rates in real time. The Solaris Sand Controls System provides superior control of sand flow by indicating real-time sand storage levels and broadcasting a live feed of comprehensive data to a durable touch screen located outdoors at the frac site, to laptops inside the data van and to remote mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and smart phones.