"Northern White” frac sand from Wisconsin has a new connection to Alberta.
The first unit train delivery at Wayfinder Corp.’s new Gold Creek terminal is expected on Friday.
Located about 50 kilometres south of Grande Prairie and operated by local company Bailly's Transloading, the facility will primarily serve oil and gas operators in the Montney play.
Privately held Wayfinder has a second terminal near Hinton, Alta. that it purchased last year from Westmoreland Coal and subsequently developed into a resin coating and transloading facility. The new unit train terminal, connected to CN Rail, complements these operations, the company said in a statement.
Earlier this month Source Energy Services announced commencement of operations at its own new unit train-capable frac sand delivery terminal near Grande Prairie.
Frac sand demand in the WCSB is expected to increase by 28 percent this year and a further 31 percent to a total of 10.3 million tonnes in 2019, according to GMP FirstEnergy.
“This is driven largely by higher average proppant intensity in the Montney and Duvernay,” analysts wrote in a research note earlier this month.
Editor's note: A previous version of this article inaccurately stated the location of the new frac sand terminal and its sand supplier. We apologize for the error.