Vista to Develop Oklahoma Sand Mine

Vista Proppants and Logistics LLC announced the development of a 1- to 1.5-million-tpy frac sand mine northeast of Fay, Okla., to serve customers primarily operating in the Mid-Continent region’s SCOOP and STACK oil and gas plays.

The company has completed the purchase of the 1,150-acre site, which is located on Highway 33 and has ready access to water, electricity and natural gas. Vista recently filed permit applications and will begin construction following permit approval.

Vista Chief Executive Officer Gary Humphreys commented, “Our development of an in-basin mine in the underserved SCOOP and STACK plays is the next step in Vista’s long-term strategy to provide customers a broader-based, truly differentiated mine-to-wellhead solution for their frac sand needs. We plan on producing both 100 mesh and 40/70 products with solid crush and other characteristics designed to best serve the growing need for in-basin sourced frac sand. Similar to our three other mines, we will utilize trucking and our strategic footprint of transload facilities to efficiently deliver product and better serve E&Ps and oilfield service companies operating in the region.”

Separately, the company provided an update on the expansion of its West Texas mine facility located in Winkler County. Operations at West Texas commenced in March 2018 and the mine is operating at its initial capacity run rate of 3 million tpy. In August, the company received its New Source Review permit that allows for the expansion of production capacity by an additional 2 million tpy. This will bring total production capacity for West Texas to 5 million tpy.

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