Sioux Creek Silica LLC, whose parent company is Global Proppant Supply (GPS), has started construction on its new 940-acre sand mine and processing facility in the southeast corner of Barron County, Wisconsin, and expects to begin operations by the spring of 2015 and to be fully operational by the summer of 2015.
The facility will include a specially designed, 4.7-mile industrial conveyor that will move already processed sand products from the mine site to a dry plant, along with a new 5-mile short track that will be connected to a Union Pacific Railroad spur for transport to customers throughout the US.
The conveyor line will cross property owned by a broad group of different individuals, all of whom will receive royalties based on the amount of sand shipped across their land. While trucks will be used to transport sand in the early phases of mining, the intention is that all truck transport will be eliminated for shipping sand once the conveyor is completed to afford a “trucking-free” operating model, which is projected for July of next year.
The site contains more than 80 million tons of frac sands ranging from 20/40 mesh to 40/70 mesh – extremely durable sand products that have exceptional strength and purity.
Construction and operation of the facilities will be led by Turn Key Processing Solutions, which is known for developing customized solutions for sand-mining businesses. Joy Global Inc., which provides mining equipment, will be responsible for the unique conveyor system.