Sand Mine Ramping Up Production

The sand mine under construction on Highway 509 in north Red River Parish is in the ramp-up process. General Manager Will Pritchard told the Journal they are training their employees and working toward getting the plant into full production.  He said, “That process will take about a month or so.”

The plant was constructed on 1,000 acres on Abbington Loop, near the intersection of LA 1 and Hwy 509.  It was built to produce frac sand for the gas exploration business.  Pritchard pointed out the economies of a close source of frac sand.  From the company’s website, “Because Red River Parish is in the core of the Haynesville Shale, we deliver significant cost savings by eliminating the need to ship sand by train and significantly reducing trucking costs. It is estimated that using Gen6 in-basin frac sand can save up to $180,000 per well in trucking costs and $750,000 per well in rail or barging cost.”

Pritchard, General Manager of Gen6 Proppants, part of the Momentum Midstream family of companies, told The Journal, “We will have on-site processing of sand for the gas exploration industry.  We will mine the sand, wet process it, then dry it and sort it into 40/70 and 100 mesh sand.  Pumpers want to begin with fine sand and step up to courser sand.”

“One of our big advantages,” said Pritchard, is the cost savings on transportation.  They now have to move the sand a great distance.  We will offer considerable savings.”

The Gen6 website gives this savings estimate:

“The 1.5 million-ton-per-year Gen6 mine in Red River Parish will produce both 40/70 and 100 mesh Red River White sand. Because Red River Parish is in the core of the Haynesville Shale, we deliver significant cost savings by eliminating the need to ship sand by train and significantly reducing trucking costs. It is estimated that using Gen6 in-basin frac sand can save up to $180,000 per well in trucking costs and $750,000 per well in rail or barging cost.”

And Pritchard said many employees have been brought on board, however they are still hiring for some positions.


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