Investing in Ceramics: New Ceramic Proppants Plant
A new plant in Golden, Colo., will produce ceramic proppants used in oil and gas extraction operations.
CoorsTek Inc. recently announced the opening of a new plant in the Coors Technology Center in Golden, Colo., producing lightweight ceramic proppants. The new plant uses state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment and has received all regulatory approvals, including air permits. Leveraging more than a century of ceramics manufacturing experience, ceramic scientists, analytical labs, and a breadth of ceramic materials, CoorsTek developed exceptionally strong and lightweight ceramic proppants to optimize conductivity in formations with high closure stress.
Proppants are sand-sized solid materials used to keep induced hydraulic fractures open, allowing oil and gas to flow. Many low-performance offerings are treated sand while high-performance options are made from ceramics. CoorsTek CeraProp™ ceramic proppants reportedly exhibit one of the highest crush strengths in the lightweight ceramic proppant market—translating to superior long-term conductivity and long-term permeability. Initially, CoorsTek is offering lightweight proppants in 16-30, 20-40, 30-50 and 40-70 mesh sizes, as well as custom-developed, customer-specific proppants.
“We’ve provided ceramic products and expertise in the oil and gas industry for decades,” said Mark Chenoweth, COO. “We are proud to offer American-made, premium-grade ceramic proppants to a well-known and respected customer base.”
For more information, visit www.coorstek.com.