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Sierra Frac Sand Relies on Transportation Logistics for Success

Sierra Frac Sand LLC, Tatum, Texas, realizes that logistics plays an important role for a frac sand producer. Timely loading and precise delivery are critical factors in ensuring that product is delivered to drilling operations in an efficient manner.

The company employs a diversified strategy that utilizes truck, rail and barge options. Trucks are loaded to customer specified weights using belt scales (1 percent weight variability) before proceeding to standardized truck scales, recertified every six months.

Sierra boasts both BNSF and Union Pacific rail options. The BNSF spur located in Tatum, Texas, can currently operate 23 cars, with plans for constructing a 100-car spur under review. The UP-served spur located in nearby Henderson, Texas, (referred to as the Henderson-Overton Branch, or HOB) has well over a 100 car.

The company’s Tatum facility is conveniently located within trucking distance of several main markets, including Haynesville, Cotton Valley, Tuscalusa Marine, Eagle Ford, Wolf Camp and Wolf Berry Woodward, and Fayetteville shale plays. Trucking is readily available through Kim R. Smith Trucking Inc, a subsidiary of Sierra Frac Sand, or otherwise contracted out through its existing transportation network.

Barging can also be made an option out of Shreveport, La., approximately 80 miles from the Tatum facility. While not the preferred method, this option enables the company to move large volumes long distances, to South America or other international locations.

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