Solaris Oilfield Infrastructure, LLC (“Solaris”) today announced the initial deployment of the company’s 5-million-pound 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 pounds per minute into two blenders simultaneously. The Solaris system was used to complete 34 frac stages and deliver 30 million pounds of sand during the four-day completion of both wells. During a single 24-hour period, the system delivered nearly 9 million pounds 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 pounds 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-pound 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.