South Industries Lowers the Cost to Store and Transport Frac Sand

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Domes have been used for dry bulk storage for decades. More recently used in the frac sand industry to reduce construction costs. A dome was recently constructed near San Antonio, Texas at a cost far below the market rate. This will help sand companies navigate the current challenging financial conditions.

On larger projects, we can deliver at costs lower than $100/stored ton.” - Andrew South, GM South Industries

Innovation by South Industries has taken vertical frac sand storage costs to new lows. A recently constructed 6,000-ton sand storage dome reduced the construction cost per stored ton below $150/ton. The watertight exterior keeps the sand dry and nearly eliminates issues related to silica exposure. When combined with dust collection systems, South Industries’ domes become one of the cleanest forms of sand storage and transfer. South Industries’ dome storage incorporates, and are compatible with, leading load out systems to keep truck loading times below the five minutes per truck threshold. An additional benefit of a sand dome is its natural strength and disaster-resilient capacity. Collapse from natural disasters and equipment failures is a near impossibility, all while shrinking construction time by an average of 60 days. South Industries uses proprietary construction techniques and job management tools to ensure projects are finished within budget and ahead of schedule.

“We are excited that we can provide the frac sand mining and logistics industry with solutions that save significant dollars at a time when so many firms are focused on cost reduction. By constructing the foundation, reclaim tunnel, and 6,000 tons of vertical storage we reduced the project timeline by at least 60 days. To do all that work in such a short period of time for less than $150/ton is exciting. On larger projects, we can deliver at construction costs lower than $100/stored ton.” - Andrew South, GM South Industries

South Industries is a design/build contractor of monolithic domes. Descending from the inventors of the monolithic dome, South Industries has built domes across the world and nearly every state. Through continuous innovation, South Industries has built structures that satisfy, amaze and have moved the industry forward. More information can be obtained by visiting

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