Proppant containers are standardized containers used to get sand, typically frac sand from the mine to the well-head. Frac sand can also be transported and loaded into pneumatic or hopper trucks or railcars
What is the purpose of frac sand?
Called proppant, the sand is used in the hydraulic fracturing process (known as “fracking“). Proppant is mixed with water and chemicals to create slickwater mix that helps mine petroleum fluids, such as oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids from sedimentary rock. Most proppant is treated sand, designed to keep a fracture open to extract oil during the fracturing process. Many other materials have been used as proppants including walnut hulls, natural sand, glass, resin-coated sand, sintered bauxite and kaolin, and fused zirconia
How much frac sand can a truck carry?
The following assumptions are used in determining sandbox truckloads for the hydraulic fracturing process: maximum allowed truck weight is 80,000 pounds and an empty truck weighs 30,000 pounds (i.e., a maximum cargo load is 25 tons).