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McLanahan Hydrosizer Positioned for Frac Sand Explosion

McLanahan Corp. has been an equipment manufacturer for more than 175 years, so it’s no surprise to find them on the cutting edge of construction-materials trends. The company is a leading supplier in the design and supply of wet-processing plants for producing “frac sand,” which is gaining popularity among the nation’s producers.

Frac sand and/or proppant consists of naturally round, unconsolidated, high-silica sands typically within the size range of 20 and 140 mesh. Production of this sand involves washing, scrubbing, classifying, dewatering, drying, screening, and packaging and shipping.

The increased demand for oil and natural gas has driven oil and gas companies to increase production by both stimulating older wells and drilling new wells. One important method for maximizing the production of each well is through the process of hydraulic fracturing during which frac sand is combined with a viscous gel and forced down the wells at high pressure to prop open the fractures.

Millions of dollars are being spent on the production of this sand. The reason is that the average construction sand used in concrete and asphalt sells for around $6 per ton. Frac sand sells for $80 to $110 per ton.

“For most wet-processing equipment companies, frac sand production has been the one saving grace in a tough couple of years, due to the comparatively high price of frac sand, which can be 15 times that of some construction sands,” said John Best, general manager, Aggregates Processing Division for McLanahan Corp. “Many of the major companies are looking to see if their resources are viable and investors outside the industry are falling over themselves to get new plants into production to ride the oil/gas exploration and production wave.”

When extremely precise classification is needed to separate granular material by size, the McLanahan Hydrosizer is comparable to screening but at the fraction of the footprint and cost. For specific gravity separation, the Hydrosizer, or the FB (LitesOut) Classifier, offers the best, most efficient and cost-effective solution, according to the company.

Features Include:

  • Extremely sharp, high efficiency size classification between 100 and 600 micron.
  • Effective separation of minerals of different specific gravity.
  • Low operating cost.
  • Rapid payback on investment.

Producer Focus
Mississippi Sand, LLC is one producer committed to the manufacturing and distribution of high-quality frac sand for use in the oil and gas service industry. With a significant reserve located in the St. Peter Sandstone formation, Mississippi Sand owns a premium product source. These reserves meet all API specifications for proppant.

Located just south of St. Louis in Festus, Mo., the Mississippi Sand production facility is conveniently positioned to serve all markets. This state-of-the-art facility has the capability to safely produce year ‘round, 24 hours a day, and the ability to utilize a multi-modal distribution network.

The Mississippi Sand production facility was constructed in early 2008 and the first sales took place in July of that same year. Since then the company have consistently produced a high-quality frac sand product mix with a capacity of approximately 200 tph.

Mississippi Sand, LLC carefully selected the equipment to be used in processing sand into API-specified frac sand. Significant research and consulting was conducted with vendors and industry specialists in order to ensure that they utilized the best equipment available.

Product quality and efficiency were the focus when making equipment selections. A McLanahan Hydrosizer was chosen for the washing and initial sizing process. A Ventilex fluid bed dryer was chosen to dry the washed and pre-sized sand. In the final stage of production, four Rotex Mineralizers were selected to screen the dried sand. These quality components ensure that all of the company’s products meet API specifications. McLanahan Corp.,