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Hexion to expand Alberta proppant manufacturing plant


July 13, 2016
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Jul. 13, 2016 – The Oilfield Technology Group (OTG) of Hexion is planning to expand its resin coated proppant manufacturing facility in Canada to “provide a more efficient supply of proppants to fracturing service companies and operators in the oil and gas industry.”

Located in Sturgeon County, Alta., the proppant plant expansion will see “significantly” increased capacity and logistics capability to serve the Canadian market, said the company, adding that internal plant capacity is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2016. The project will include additional land for the installation of track that will accommodate more than 100 railcars, as well as new storage silos for sand supplies during peak seasons. “Production capacity improvements will allow for quicker response to market demand and on-time delivery of product through Hexion’s industry-leading transloading network that services the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin,” it added.

The plant produces a range of products, including Hexion’s Yukon Black proppant, which is a next-generation resin coated sand that bonds at low temperatures, deisgned for fracture treatments in the low temperature reservoirs where flowback control is necessary. According to the company, the plant is the only proppant manufacturing facility of its kind in the Canadian industry.

“Hexion is a leading supplier of resin coated proppants to the oil and gas industry and this expansion will increase our manufacturing and delivery capabilities to meet the needs of our customers,” said Jerry Kurinsky, senior vice president and general manager, OTG. “These investments demonstrate our continued commitment to our customers in Canada. Hexion will be ready to meet the demands of the industry when the market recovers.”