Evergreen Transloading and Superior Silica Sands LLC announced the opening of a new Mega Centre sand transloading facility in Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada. The Sexsmith Mega Centre will serve the strong demand for high quality, Northern White silica sand as proppant for the oil and gas industry in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.
The site, located adjacent to CN Rail’s current station in Grande Prairie, AB, will be operated by Evergreen and will provide exclusively Northern White silica sand from SSS. The facility initially opens with capacity for 45-railcars and two 2,000 ton silos, and will add four additional silos over the coming months. The total capacity will be 12,000 tons, expected to be fully in service by June 2014.
“Evergreen is pleased to be in partnership with SSS and CN, and is excited to be opening the state of the art facility,” said Ryan Peterson, CEO of Evergreen. “The 102-acre property will position Evergreen well to accommodate future expansions and allow the terminal to grow as our customers’ needs may develop.”
‘The WCSB has been one of our major markets since we opened our Barron plant at the end of 2012,” said Rick Shearer, president and CEO of both SSS and its parent company, Emerge Energy Services LP. “With this facility, we continue to show our dedication to bringing the highest quality natural frac sand available on the market today to the WCSB.”
“CN’s network is uniquely positioned to provide Wisconsin frac sand producers efficient access to key North American shale deposits, including those in Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. We are pleased to work with Evergreen Transloading and Superior Silica Sands on this Sexsmith Terminal project,” said Doug Macdonald – vice president industrial products of CN Rail. “Over the past five years, CN’s frac sand market has grown by nearly 300 percent, rising to more than 50,000 carloads in 2013. Our end-to-end service focus has supported that growth, and we expect to achieve C$300 million ($275.7 million) in frac sand revenue by 2015.”