HALLIBURTON and U.S. Silica Holdings, Inc. have moved a record breaking unit train carrying nearly 19,000 tons of U.S. Silica White frac sand from Ottawa, Illinois to Elmendorf, Texas.

The train is the largest frac sand unit of its kind shipped to date in North America.

“Utilising sand unit trains enables Halliburton to respond to customers’ needs on a shorter timeline and deliver cost efficient sand on location to drive the lowest cost per BOE,” said Richard Gonzalez, vice president of Production Enhancement for Halliburton.

The unit train, which originated at U.S. Silica’s largest plant in Ottawa took five days to build and was loaded with 30/50 and 40/70 U.S. Silica White frac sand. It was received at the Halliburton Elmendorf South Texas Sand Plant, which can handle two 115 car unit trains simultaneously and can hold 40,000 tons in its eight silos.