Silica Sand Quarry

Silica Sand Quarry. Quartz Sand Quarry Industrial Sand Quarry.

These are the same things – silica sand quarry or quartz sand quarry or an industrial sand quarry. An area comprising of a number of quarries is offered as one. It is available for sale in the St. Petersburg region (Leningrad region, Leningradskaïä oblast’).  The sale pertains to the license and usage rights.

Silica Sand

Silica sand is also known as quartz sand as well as industrial sand. It is commonly used in the manufacture of glass and other industrial applications.

The Nature of the Offer

The offer pertains to the usage rights for a silica sand quarry (or a quartz sand) quarry with a surface area of some 543000 square meters or just under 60 hectares). The license is to be used for A usage fee of about ₽135 (135 roubles) per annum, which approximately equals €1.5 (150 euro cents) will be payable to the budget through the Federal Agency for Mineral Resources, a regulatory entity under the Ministry of the Natural Resources and Environment. This amount is approximately based upon conditions of a grant for the long term license for mineral extraction as to be issued to the quarry’s operators.

A silica sand quarry for sale in the St. Petersburg region (Leningrad region, Leningradskaïä oblast’).  

Silica sand or quartz sand or industrial sand for glass manufacture
silica sand or quartz sand (an illustration)

Estimated Reserves.

Declared available estimated reserves of the quarry stand at 4.5 million square meters of silica sands or 8.1 million tons (tonnes) of silica sands under the GOST 22551-7 (Quartz sand, ground sandstone, quartzite and veiny quartz for glass industry). Here the term quartz sand or sands (in plural) is to be understood synonymously with the term silica sand as well as industrial sand. The grade of the extracted silica sand (quartz sand) is perfectly suitable for the manufacture of glass, from bottle glass to other types of glass that can be made from the sand mined at the quarry. Namely, the classification is C 1 and 2 as assigned states that this quartz sand or silica is suitable for the manufacture of transparent glass.

Silica or Quartz Content

The average topsoil siliceous earth content of Si02 is according to three samples. These are unrefined uncleaned soil samples taken from three locations at the site.  

  1. 64.42% according to the chemical test of the at the deposit.
  2. 74.61% according to the chemical test of the at the deposit.
  3. 92.21% according to the chemical test of the at the deposit.

Conclusion – Quartz Sand Deposits

Quarry, water in the quartz sand quary

Because the quarry is huge, it can also mine and sell construction-grade as well as commercial sand. The government-assigned official classification for the resource at the quarry (according to the Federal Agency for Mineral Resources) is “glass sand” or “quartz sand for the production of glass. Consequently, it is perfectly suitable for glass production.

Quartz sand mined at the quary can be transported to a remote glass making facility or a glass-making plant can be buiilt in the vicinity. This opportunity represents a plethora of possibilities.

In case of interest, please contact us via the feedback form. A non-disclosure and non-circumvention agreement (NDNC)  agreement would have to be signed with the Party brokering the transaction. The said Party is exceptionally well-connected and experienced in mineral resources especially in the sand production area and so will ensure that the grant of license procedure and the transaction itself goes through smoothly and without any hindrances or delays.

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Simplified Synopsys:

Please skip reading this because this is just an outline of the text above in a simplified form. Really. So if what you’ve just read had been clear enough you don’t have to read beyond this point.

But if not then here is the deal. If either you or your client are looking for silica sand or quartz sand, then this offer is for you.

Silica sand and quartz sand is the same thing. Both are sometimes called industrial sands. But that’s typical for North American usage. Because a whole quarry area or a production district is up for sale, this opportunity is also unique. It means that not many opportunities like this exist in the region or elsewhere. In fact, presently none at this scale as far as we know. As a result, the possibilities here are almost endless. Provided you represent the right kind of industrial client with a need for quartz sand.

Different Considerations

And the cost of the product per measurement unit is low. As a benefit, you’d obtain quartz sand pretty much at the cost of mining the lowest grade construction sand. But because obtaining a resource at this scale used to be difficult, such offers rarely come up.

As a result, not many complete production districts are offered up for prospecting and development to the outsiders. And most are inside deals. But in this instance, the regional government is interested in getting a qualified party to step in. You see, an entity that stands behind the offer is not just well-connected but exceptionally motivated. Because they want someone to come in and develop this resource. So, if you are interested or if you represent someone who may be interested in it, drop us a few lines. Then, Get in touch with us.

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What is Silica Sand?


Image of Silica Sand close up

Silica Sand is quartz that over time, through the work of water and wind, has been broken down into tiny granules.

Commercial Silica Sand is widely used as a proppant by companies involved in oil and natural gas recovery in conventional and unconventional resource plays. The resource is also used in industrial processing to make everyday items such as glass, construction materials, personal care products, electronics, and even renewable materials.

Industrial sand is a term normally applied to high purity silica sand products with closely controlled sizing. It is a more precise product than common concrete and asphalt gravels.

Quartz Rock

Silica (SiO2) is the name given to a group of minerals composed solely of silicon and oxygen. Found most commonly in the crystalline state, it also occurs in an amorphous form resulting from weathering or plankton fossilization.

Silica sand deposits are most commonly surface-mined in open pit operations, but dredging and underground mining are also employed. Extracted ore undergoes considerable processing to increase the silica content by reducing impurities. It is then dried and sized to produce the optimum particle size distribution for the intended application.

For industrial and manufacturing applications, deposits of silica-yielding products of at least 95% SiO2 are preferred. Silica is hard and chemically inert and has a high melting point, attributable to the strength of the bonds between the atoms. These are prized qualities in applications like foundries and filtration systems. Industrial sand’s strength, silicon dioxide (SiO2) contribution, and non-reactive properties make it an indispensable ingredient in the production of thousands of everyday products.Silica sand used in all types of specialty glass

Silica sand used in all types of specialty glass

Glassmaking: Silica sand is the primary component of all types of standard and specialty glass. It provides the essential SiO2 component of glass formulation, and its chemical purity is the primary determinant of colour, clarity, and strength. Industrial sand is used to produce flat glass for building and automotive use, container glass for foods and beverages, and tableware. In its pulverized form, ground silica is required for production of fibreglass insulation and reinforcing glass fibers. Specialty glass applications include test tubes and other scientific tools, incandescent and fluorescent lamps, and television and computer CRT monitors.

Metal Casting: Industrial sand is an essential part of the ferrous and non-ferrous foundry industry. Metal parts ranging from engine blocks to sink faucets are cast in a sand and clay mold to produce the external shape, with a resin bonded core creating the desired internal shape. Silica’s high fusion point (1760°C) and low rate of thermal expansion produce stable cores and molds compatible with all pouring temperatures and alloy systems. Its chemical purity also helps prevent interaction with catalysts or curing rate of chemical binders. Following the casting process, core sand can be thermally or mechanically recycled to produce new cores or molds.

Metal Production: Industrial sand plays a critical role in the production of a wide variety of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. In metal production, silica sand operates as a flux to lower the melting point and viscosity of the slags to make them more reactive and efficient. Lump silica is used either alone or in conjunction with lime to achieve the desired base/acid ratio required for purification. These base metals can be further refined and modified with other ingredients to achieve specific properties such as high strength, corrosion resistance, or electrical conductivity. Ferroalloys are essential to specialty steel production, and industrial sand is used by the steel and foundry industries for de-oxidation and grain refinement.

Chemical Production: Silicon-based chemicals are the foundation of thousands of everyday applications ranging from food processing to soap and dye production. In this case, SiO2 is reduced to silicon metal by coke in an arc furnace, to produce the Si precursor of other chemical processes. Industrial sand is the main component in chemicals such as sodium silicate, silicon tetrachloride, and silicon gels. These chemicals are used to produce household and industrial cleaners, to manufacture fiber optics, and to remove impurities from cooking oil and brewed beverages.

Industrial sand is the primary structural component in a wide variety of building and construction products

Construction: Industrial sand is the primary structural component in a wide variety of building and construction products. Whole grain silica is put to use in flooring compounds, mortars, specialty cements, stucco, roofing shingles, skid resistant surfaces, and asphalt mixtures to provide packing density and flexural strength without adversely affecting the chemical properties of the binding system. Ground silica performs as a functional extender to add durability and anti-corrosion and weathering properties in epoxy-based compounds, sealants, and caulks.

Paint and Coatings: Paint formulators select micron-sized industrial sands to improve the appearance and durability of architectural and industrial paint and coatings. High purity silica contributes critical performance properties such as brightness and reflectance, colour consistency, and oil absorption. In architectural paints, silica fillers improve tint retention, durability, and resistance to dirt, mildew, cracking, and weathering. Low oil absorption allows increased pigment loading for improved finish colour. In marine and maintenance coatings, the durability of silica imparts excellent abrasion and corrosion resistance.Ground silica is an essential component of the glaze and body formulations of all types of ceramic products.

Ground silica is a component of the glaze and body formulations of all types of ceramic products

Ceramics & Refractories: Ground silica is an essential component of the glaze and body formulations of all types of ceramic products, including tableware, sanitary ware, and floor and wall tile. In the ceramic body, silica is the skeletal structure upon which clays and flux components attach. The SiO2 contribution is used to modify thermal expansion, regulate drying and shrinkage, and improve structural integrity and appearance. Silica products are also used as the primary aggregate in both shape and monolithic type refractories to provide high temperature resistance to acidic attack in industrial furnaces.

Filtration and Water Production: Industrial sand is used in the filtration of drinking water, the processing of wastewater, and the production of water from wells. Uniform grain shapes and grain size distributions produce efficient filtration bed operation in removal of contaminants in both potable water and wastewater.

Chemically inert, silica will not degrade or react when it comes in contact with acids, contaminants, volatile organics, or solvents. Silica gravel is used as packing material in deep-water wells to increase yield from the aquifer by expanding the permeable zone around the well screen and preventing the infiltration of fine particles from the formation.

Recreational Products: Industrial sand even finds its way into sports and recreation. Silica sand is used for golf course bunkers and greens as well as the construction of natural or synthetic athletic fields. In golf and sports turf applications, silica sand is the structural component of an inert, uncontaminated growing media. Silica sand is also used to repair greens and to facilitate everyday maintenance like root aeration and fertilization. The natural grain shape and controlled particle size distribution of silica provides the required permeability and compaction properties for drainage, healthy plant growth, and stability.Known commonly as proppant, or “frac sand,” industrial sand is pumped down holes in deep well applications to prop open rock fissures and increase the flow rate of natural gas or oil.

Industrial sand is pumped down holes in deep well applications to prop open rock fissures and increase the flow rate of natural gas or oil.

Oil and Gas Recovery: Known commonly as proppant, or “frac sand,” industrial sand is pumped down holes in deep well applications to prop open rock fissures and increase the flow rate of natural gas or oil. In this specialized application, round, whole grain deposits are used to maximize permeability and prevent formation cuttings from entering the well bore. Silica’s hardness and its overall structural integrity combine to deliver the required crush resistance of the high pressures present in wells up to 2,450 metres deep. Its chemical purity is required to resist chemical attack in corrosive environments.

General Industry Information

What is Fracking? (actually fracking is a disaster). Silica Sand Quarry. Quartz Sand Quarry Industrial Sand Quarry.

Fracking (fracing, hydraulic fracturing, or hydrofracking) is the most efficient method used to access oil-bearing shales and limestones for the purpose of extracting oil and natural gas. Fracking is an unconventional extraction method in which hydrocarbon (oil/gas) is released from rock. In the fracking process, a vertical well is drilled for more than a kilometre and then continues horizontally once it reaches the shale layer (source rock oil or gas bearing formation). The well is drilled laterally for about 3,000 to 5,000 feet. Silica sand is an important industrial commodity. This creates a large enough surface area for oil or gas to flow in economic quantities.

Cement is then pumped through the hole to surround the casing. Next, the plug-and-perf method creates multiple hydraulic fractures in the horizontal well. Water, sand, and lubricant are then pumped into the well at a very high pressure. The high-pressure fluid creates additional smaller fractures or channels in the shale through which oil and natural gas reserves flow more easily. The pressure is released and the proppants (sand) are left lodged into the fractures, providing an efficient conduit for the movement of fluid from the reservoir to the wellbore, allowing an efficient escape for crude oil or natural gas flow. Most wells are able to produce for 20 to 30 years without the requirement of additional fracturing.

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Frac Sand (often called “silica” or “silica sand”): A naturally occurring silica sand used as a proppant to keep an induced hydraulic fracture open during the fracking process.

Frac Sand Mineralogy: Frac sand must be greater than 99% quartz to be suitable for use as a proppant.

Frac Sand Specifications: Roundness, highly spherical, high crush resistance, silicon dioxide content, and consistent size are all important factors relating to high quality frac sand.To have high fluid porosity and permeability, frac sand must be well sorted to be effective when applied. Depending on the application, different frac sand mesh size ranges are required. 20/40 are typically used in hydraulic fracturing processes targeting oil- and liquids-rich gas recovery (i.e., larger fluid molecules) whereas finer sand grains (such as 40/70 and higher meshes) are typically used primarily in dry gas applications (i.e., smaller fluid molecules).

Alternative Proppants: Other alternatives to silica sand exist, including ceramic beads and resin-coated silica, but they are more costly to produce. Silica Sand Quarry. Quartz Sand Quarry Industrial Sand Quarry.

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