( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle ) less A truck leaves the Superior Silica Sands sand mine after picking up a load of sand on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Kosse, Texas.
( Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle ) less Sand is loaded into a truck at the Superior Silica Sands sand mine on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Kosse, Texas. The $325 million mine, owned by Houston sand supplier Hi-Crush Partners, is the first working plant of its kind in West Texas, and over the next 18 months, rivals including U. "It's going to change the landscape for us," said Chris Gatjanis, who runs the Permian Basin operations for Halliburton, the world's largest hydraulic fracturing company.
Demand for sand is surging as oil and gas production in the Permian Basin is booming again. more KERMIT - Ten miles east of this community of 6,000 sandwiched between booming West Texas oil fields, heavy trucks have begun lining up at the region's first sand mine as it churns out ammo by the ton for U. "If you can cut out a piece of the cost of getting the sand to location, it makes the economics out here work better." The burst of sand mine construction in the Permian Basin is the oil industry's latest attempt to lower the cost of producing crude and make money at lower oil prices.
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Smaller operators often struggle to get enough sand for their well.