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

  • US 9,617,066 B2
  • Filed: 09/01/2015
  • Issued: 04/11/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/21/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of loading and transporting proppant, the method comprising:

  • a) positioning a plurality of empty proppant containers, each removably positioned on a trailer of a respective proppant transporting road vehicle and structurally strengthened to receive a large volume of proppant having a substantially spherical shape therein, in close proximity to a rail spur so that each of the plurality of empty proppant containers underlies a source of proppant received from rail cars on the rail spur, 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 for stacking and so that heavy weight from the proppant can be stored therein;

    b) filling the plurality of empty proppant containers with proppant thereby to produce a plurality of proppant filled containers, the plurality of empty proppant containers being filled when positioned on the respective trailer of the respective proppant transporting road vehicles;

    c) transferring the plurality of proppant filled containers with one or more proppant transporting road vehicles to a drill site; and

    d) unloading each of the plurality of proppant filled containers with an unloader.

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