​Wayfinder begins commissioning ‘Big Molly’ frac sand facility in Duvernay backyard

Wash plant at Wayfinder's new Big Molly frac sand extraction and processing facility. Image: Wayfinder Corp.

Calgary-based proppant company Wayfinder Corp. says it is in the process of starting up a new frac sand extraction and processing facility near Whitecourt, Alta.

Wayfinder says the facility is the closest regional silica sand provider to the Duvernay oil and liquids-rich natural gas play.

The operation has been named "Big Molly" after CEO Chad Bremner's dog Molly, which joined him for countless meetings with land owners and their families during the extensive consultation and permitting process, according to a media statement.

While the process to receive necessary approvals was much more comprehensive and took longer than anticipated, the relationships built, and mutual understanding developed as a result of this undertaking has been invaluable, Bremner said.

“I want to personally thank the incredible land owners and their families, who welcomed me into their homes to learn about Wayfinder’s plans for our sand facility,” he said.

“As regional sand gains industry acceptance, Wayfinder is set up and ready to supply the frac sand needed to meet demand.”

Wayfinder operates two frac sand transloading facilities in Alberta: Obed, near Hinton, and Gold Creek, just south of Grande Prairie.

The company says Big Molly is one of the largest frac sand facilities in Canada. It is expected to be in production by the end of April 2019.