New sand storage facility to service Eagle Ford
U.S. Silica, BNSF latest to build oil filed related companies in Bexar County
Bexar County is benefiting again from the Eagle Ford Shale boom.
On Monday, county officials joined a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new, state-of-the-art logistics center in Von Ormy.
Representatives from BNSF Railway and U.S. Silica joined forces with the Bexar County officials to open up the new sand storage facility that will service wells in the Eagle Ford.
It takes large quantities of several different types of sand to help fracture the shale to get to the oil and gas and that's where the new facility comes in.
"We ship our product in advance from our mines up in Illinois and Wisconsin and we have it ready down here where our customers need it," said U.S. Silica CEO Bryan Shinn.
According to Shinn, 100 car trains filled with sand offload it at the storage facility where it is sorted and eventually loaded onto trucks headed to the oil fields.
Without a facility like this, it could take several weeks to get sand to a well.
"They just have to drive their trucks a few miles right to our facility and pick up product rather than waiting days or weeks to order it from a plant," Shinn said.
U.S. Silica and BNSF chose to invest in Bexar County because of it's close proximity to several wells.
The facility is one of three new oil field-related businesses to be built in the Von Ormy area in the past year, adding to an estimated $5 billion economic impact and 20,000 thousand jobs in Bexar County directly related to the Eagle Ford play.
"We are having to make some investments to improve the roads out here but it's a real positive thing for San Antonio and for the south side," said Judge Nelson Wolff.
According to Wolff, the county will spend about $1.8 million improving Fischer Road to handle the increased truck traffic.
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