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E M I SPRING 2013 F O R T R E S S P R O P P A N T S LT D INDUSTRIAL MINERALS Prime Time Fortress Proppants is set to debut a 300,000-ton-capacity frac sand plant this year with plans to expand in the future. The plant will produce 300,000 to 350,000 tons of frac sand per yer and ramp up to 700,000 tons it its first two years.. • Natchez, Miss. “The trend going forward is about using the right proppant and making sure it’s the right application for the given reservoir.” // TONY LITTLE, founder and president growth and it grew fast,” Little says. “Now we are in a position where we are evaluating how we can do it better and more economically. The trend going forward is about using the right proppant and making sure it is the right application for the given reservoir.” CHOICE MATERIAL [ BY JAMIE MORGAN ] In a growing industry, there is always more to learn. The boom in oil and gas, aided greatly by the development of hydraulic fracturing, has bolstered economies in states such as North Dakota. The International Energy Agency projects the United States could even surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world's biggest oil producer by 2020. The technology to retrieve these once-trapped reserves has been in place for a few years, and Tony Little, founder and president of Fortress Proppants, says the industry is still perfecting the art of hydraulic fracturing. “As we’ve seen in North America, the fracking industry has had significant PROFILE Fortress Proppants Ltd | Headquarters: Natchez, Miss. Employees: 37 | Specialty: Proppants 126 In general, the hydraulic fracturing process is applicable in many areas. Reservoir by reservoir, however, Little explains that there is an ideal proppant for each project, which is why Fortress Proppants is entering the frac sand and resin-coated frac sand market with the purpose of offering more choices. The company has teamed up with Natchez, Miss.-based sand-mining operation Magnolia Frac Sand. Magnolia is a subsidiary of The Blain Companies, a heavy highway construction company with affiliated sand and gravel production companies founded in 1945. The Magnolia mine has been in production for the past 20 years, mining and processing sands for a variety of industries. With its agreement with Fortress Prop-

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Energy & Mining International - Spring 2013
Washington, D.C.
Independent Exploration
Drilling Down
Pipeline Infrastructure
Marine Oil Terminals
Eagle Ford Shale
Monterey Shale
Marcellus Shale
Bakken Shale
Monitoring Fracking
Compliance Abroad
Public/Private Sales
Qv21 Technologies
PVR Partners LP
Lake Truck Lines
Aurcana/Rio Grande Mining Co. – Shafter Mine
Ruder Ware
Legacy Steel Buildings
Mineral Park Mine/Mercator Minerals Ltd.
Hearn Trucking LLC
John Fithian Contracting Co.
Chemex LLC
Global Diving & Salvage Inc.
Gold Spur Trucking
TAM International Inc.
Industrial Minerals Focus
The Mouat Company
Hi-Crush Partners
Mill Creek Sand and Gravel/Peaskie Minerals
Del Sol Industrial Services Inc.
Market & Johnson
Fortress Proppants
Canada Focus
Strategic Oil & Gas
Copper Fox Metals
Standard Machine
Gold Reach Resources
Treasury Metals Inc.
Canadian Zinc
Havlik Gear
The Final Shot

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