Methods of storing and moving proppant at location adjacent rail line

  • US 9,914,602 B2
  • Filed: 05/08/2017
  • Issued: 03/13/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/21/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of storing and moving fracking proppant at a desired location with a plurality of separate containers constructed to store fracking proppant therein, the method comprising:

  • a) stacking one or more of the plurality of containers having proppant therein on top of one another adjacent a rail line;

    b) placing one or more of the plurality of containers from the stack adjacent the rail line onto one or more trailers of one or more vehicles at a desired location by use of a container loader/unloader;

    c) moving a first of the plurality of containers when positioned on the one or more trailers away from the desired location; and

    d) scaling a number of the plurality of containers according to an amount of proppant required at a particular location, each of the plurality of containers positioned to include an outlet to allow discharge of proppant therefrom, an opening adjacent a top of the container to load proppant therein, a pair of spaced-apart end walls connected to and extending between a bottom of the container and the top, a pair of side walls connected to and extending between the pair of end walls and the top and the bottom, one or more structural support members positioned to support each of the side walls of the pair of side walls and each of the end walls of the pair of end walls, and a flow gate positioned adjacent the outlet to control flow of proppant through the outlet of each of the plurality of containers.

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