American proppant solutions firm Shale Support recently joined forces with transportation company Fracht Group in a strategic partnership to export frac sand from the U.S. to the Vaca Muerta shale play in Argentina, the firms announced in a press release Thursday.
The partnership will supply Delta Pearl frac sand produced in the U.S. Gulf Coast to the South American operation. A shipment of sand left the port of New Orleans on February 18 and is slated to arrive at the port of Bahia Blanca on March 10.
“With Fracht Group’s current shipping business into South America and Shale Support’s geographic proximity to the Gulf Coast, we are able to provide quality proppant to Argentina without the traditional operational challenges of supply and logistics,” the founder and chief executive officer of Shale Support, Kevin Bowen, said in a statement.
Once the frac sand arrives in Argentina, it will be transported to a distribution warehouse in Vaca Muerta co-managed by Shale Support and the Fracht Group.
“A long-term key to the development of the Vaca Muerta shale play is to help the operators bring down their consumables cost and that requires a transition to handling these products in bulk, and Shale Support has a successful track record in building and running those types of facilities,” Reiner Wiederkehr, chief executive officer of Fracht USA, said in the release.