Frac Sand Plants

McLanahan is the leader in creating complete wet processing solutions to produce frac sand needed in the oil and gas well drilling industry. In-house process engineers take each deposit’s unique characteristics into account and work directly with customers to determine layout and equipment requirements. Frac Sand Plants can be engineered as large, high capacity, multiple-cut fixed designs or as a single-cut portable design when permitting is a critical issue.Frac sand’s basic function is to create and maintain the passageways needed to harvest either natural gas or crude oil. To do this, frac sand must be silica that is well rounded (weathered), structurally sound to withstand high pressures, and free of clay impurities. McLanahan’s Frac Sand Plants are designed to remove clay impurities, as well as size and dewater sand. Utilizing proven technologies, plants are custom engineered with equipment to meet each producer’s needs. Equipment used can include: centrifugal pumps, Hydrocyclones and Separators™™, Dewatering Screens, Fine Material Screw Washers, Hydrosizers™™, Attrition Scrubbers, Thickeners, and Filter Presses.

If your sand has been tested by an accredited lab and meets the American Petroleum Institute’s frac sand requirements, McLanahan can begin designing your plant immediately. If your sand has not yet been tested, the company’s accredited lab can perform tests including grain size or sieve analysis, sphericity and roundness, crush resistance, acid solubility, and turbitiy.

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Case Studies

AF Gelhar Finds Frac Sand Mining Success With Help From McLanahan Corporation

Since 1919, A.F. Gelhar Co, Inc. in Markesan, Wis., has flourished by providing silica sand to foundries throughout Wisconsin. In 2009, the company realized it was in a prime position to take advantage of the growing demand for silica sand to use in hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – and began looking for a system to help them meet the demands of the frac sand industry. READ MORE

Taylor Frac Achieves Success in Frac Sand Processing With McLanahan

In Wisconsin, press reports have called frac sand the “new gold rush,” because of its critical importance in the process using hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – to extract oil and natural gas. The state’s abundant deposits of coarse-grained quartz sand have been mined for more than 100 years, but today, oil and gas industries prize this sand that is found in the state’s countryside. READ MORE