After a year of construction and several setbacks due to historic rainfall, Badger Mining Corp.’s (BMC) Erick, Okla., transload facility is now open for business, the company said.
The wholly owned and operated site primarily serves the Anadarko Basin and sits in an area that BMC believes is currently underserved. For the family-owned, decades-old supplier of Premium Northern-White industrial raw and coated silica sand, the stacked nature of the basin as well as the quality of the reserves it contains speaks to the region’s potential moving forward.
Situated at the end of the Farmrail shortline railroad outside of Erick, the transload facility can accommodate up to 160 railcars of product on its 3,200 ft. of side rail and 7,400 ft. of working track. Material has already been shipped to the facility and is currently on-site.
“I started my career more than 10 years ago in western Oklahoma, so I’m particularly proud of our investment in Erick,” said Adam Katz, vice president of sales and marketing. “The size and location of our new site is going to add value to our customers operating in the Anadarko Basin by reducing cost and minimizing miles to the wellhead, leading to a safer operation all around.”
BMC said it has had great partners in both the state of Oklahoma as well as the city of Erick as the project progressed. From its efforts to help find the ideal site to its assistance securing a grant to rehabilitate 12 miles of railroad, the state of Oklahoma has been eager to help since the beginning.
Furthermore, the city of Erick and its people have welcomed Badger Mining with true hospitality and optimism, and BMC is proud to now have this tight-knit city as another one of its stakeholder communities.