Ten sand storage silos were built at EOG’s Refugio plant. Each silo is 120 feet high and measures 28 feet in diameter. The sand is used for fracking, primarily at the Eagle For Shale.
During construction that began in November 2010, between 70 to 80 workers were employed, and up to 100 as the silos were being built.
“It took one month to build the forms,” said Wernicke. “Continuous concrete was poured around the clock. Eight days later, it was completely poured. It was an amazing logistical effort.”
In January 2012, the first shipment of processed sand completed its 1,400-mile trip from Chippewa Falls, Wis., to the facility north of Refugio.
EOG is one of the largest independent oil and gas companies working at the Eagle Ford Shale play.
The two plants were completed at a cost of more than $100 million. The plant employs between 35-40 workers.
Local oil field service companies have also benefited and have expanded business and hired more employees.
In November, the Southcross Plant became operational with 18 employees, not counting construction workers.
The second plant is expected to be completed early next year.
The Southcross plants are being built to process production from the Eagle Ford Shale. One plant will pipe natural gas across the country and the other plant will separate propane and butane derivatives from liquids that occur naturally in gas production. The propane and butane will be trucked out of the county.
Southcross Processing has completed one of its facilities, one is nearing completion and a third is in the planning stage.