Work in Progress

Sand mine is on sched­ule to open next spring in Miller County

Texarkana Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Jim Williamson

“The key is be­ing lo­cated on a good sand de­posit, and we still feel like we have lo­cated an ideal lo­ca­tion for this type of op­er­a­tion.” —Ryan K. McMaster, Per­for­mance Prop­pants

Per­for­mance Prop­pants of Shreve­port, La., re­mains on sched­ule to open a Red River sand min­ing op­er­a­tion by March 1 near Dod­dridge, Ark.

“We are very close to com­plet­ing all dirt work. Two of the si­los have been built and steel struc­ture for the screen house is near­ing com­ple­tion,” said Ryan K. McMaster, direc­tor of sales and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment for Per­for­mance Prop­pants.

He be­lieves the com­pany made the right de­ci­sion to de­velop the plant on Miller County Road 4.

“The key is be­ing lo­cated on a good sand de­posit, and we still feel like we have lo­cated an ideal lo­ca­tion for this type of op­er­a­tion,” McMaster said. “We are on track for our March 1 start date.”

“Our gen­eral con­trac­tor han­dles all of the con­struc­tion and has plenty of peo­ple in place,” McMaster said.

The Red River sand will be used in hy­draulic frac­tur­ing, or “frack­ing,” to ex­tract nat­u­ral gas from the earth.

The min­ing process in­cludes dredg­ing, wash­ing, dry­ing, siz­ing and stor­ing the fin­ish prod­uct in si­los, sim­i­lar to bins used to store grain.

Al­most 100 per­cent of the Red River sand will be hauled to North­west Lou­i­si­ana and East Texas for use in the Hay­nesville Shale Wells, ac­cord­ing to Per­for­mance Prop­pants.

Miller County has helped the com-

pany re­gard­ing road ac­cess by mak­ing im­prove­ments to Miller County Road 4, which is used to ac­cess the mine.

“The county com­pleted the County Road 4 im­prove­ments back in Au­gust,” McMaster said.

Road crews widened 2.5 miles of County Road 4 to al­low trucks to haul the river sand.

The county used $39,000 worth of tar oil to spread on the road and $10,000 worth of pea gravel, Miller County Judge Roy John McNatt said.

The tar oil and pea gravel strengthen the road bed.

Per­for­mance Prop­pants also signed an agree­ment with the county to main­tain the road.

The es­ti­mated truck traf­fic over County Road 4 will be about 200 trucks a day, seven days a week and 24 hours a day.

The com­pany will em­ploy about 35 peo­ple at the Dod­dridge mine site. Work­ing two 12-hour shifts, em­ploy­ees will be paid $1622 dol­lars per hour, with op­por­tu­ni­ties for over­time.

The Dod­dridge plant will be the com­pany’s sec­ond plant. Its Hat Creek plant in Bossier City, La., opened in Oc­to­ber 2017 and also pro­vides sand to Lou­i­si­ana and Texas frack­ing sites.

The 1,985-acre Dod­dridge site has about 1,200 acres suit­able for min­ing op­er­a­tions.

The com­pany will build four 5,000-ton si­los to hold pro­cessed sand, with room to add two more if mar­ket de­mand ex­ists.

Staff photo by Hunt Mercier

■ Con­struc­tion work­ers from Per­for­mance Prop­pants con­struct si­los to house sand near Dod­dridge, Ark. The sand will be used in frack­ing, the process of forc­ing high pres­sure into the ground to re­open fis­sures to ex­tract oil, gas and other min­er­als.

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