Industrial Silica Sand is high purity silica sand produced with closely controlled size specifications. It is a higher quality product than the sand used in concrete and construction materials. Silica (SiO2) is a group of minerals composed of silicon and oxygen. Silica is very hard, chemically inert, and has a high melting point, due to the strength of the bonds between the atoms. These are prized qualities in applications such as foundries and filtration systems. Silica Sand’s strength and non-reactive properties make it an indispensable ingredient in the production of thousands of everyday products.
The Wanipigow Silica Sand deposit was discovered in 1977 and was drilled by Manitoba government geologists in 1981 and 1989. Wanipigow Sand will strictly be a silica sand quarrying operation, not a fracking operation. There are no oil and gas operations in this region. We are quarrying silica sand which is near the surface, above the bedrock.
This sand can be used in many different markets, one of which is fracking operations. The sand quarry on nearby Black Island sold a portion of its sand for fracking while most of it went to make glass during its 75 years of operation.
High purity silica sand is currently in high demand in the Western Canadian oil and gas fields where it is used as a proppant for horizontal drilling and fracturing. This process includes pumping silica sand into a closed wellbore using powerful hydraulic pumps with enough pressure to cause the formation to fracture. Silica Sand keeps artificial fractures open and creates a plane of high permeability through which oil or gas can flow. Silica Sand is used in virtually all shale oil and gas wells being drilled in North America today.