Method of delivering, transporting, and storing proppant for delivery and use at a well site

  • US 9,248,772 B2
  • Filed: 06/20/2014
  • Issued: 02/02/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/21/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of transporting proppant, the method comprising:

  • a) vertically stacking a plurality of empty proppant containers in close proximity to a rail spur so that one of the plurality of empty proppant containers overlies another one of the plurality of empty containers thereby to reduce footprint of the area required adjacent the rail spur to store the plurality of empty proppant containers, each of the plurality of empty containers including at least a first end surface and at least a second different end surface and each of the first and second end surfaces having a plurality of upright structural support members thereon to enhance integrity of the container so that a large amount of weight can be stacked upon the container and so that heavy weight can be stored therein;

    b) filling the plurality of empty proppant containers with proppant from one or more proppant transporting rail vehicles thereby to produce a plurality of proppant filled containers;

    c) transferring the plurality of proppant filled containers with a loader onto one or more support platforms associated with one or more proppant transporting road vehicles.

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