That’s because Canadian Silica has mines in Peace River, Alberta, and Brevort, Michigan.
Our Peace River mine produces API Spec, 20/40, 30/50, 40/70 & 100 mesh frac sand with easy access to the Montney, Duverney, and Cardium Formations, trans-load facilities conveniently located in Falher Alberta and Dawson Creek BC.
Our Mine in Brevort, Michigan produces API Spec 40/70 & 100 mesh frac sand with easy access to the Marcellus/Utica shale formations with port and trans-load facilities in Buffalo New York, Cleveland Ohio and Thunder Bay Ontario. AFS 50, AFS 52 and AFS 80 Foundry industrial sands as well as various construction related end product(s) including washed concrete sand, washed concrete rock, asphalt aggregates, blend sand, rip rap and granular base course materials are also produced and loaded directly onto ships at our port facilities on lake Michigan.
With trans-load and port facilities in Buffalo New York, Cleveland Ohio, Detroit Michigan, Windsor Ontario and Thunder Bay Ontario, with ship access from our mine(s) located in the Upper Peninsula near Brevort Michigan, our end product aggregate(s) supply can be shipped economically through-out the Great Lakes region.
Sand from our mining facilities in Peace River, Alberta, Arcadia, Wisconsin and Brevort, Michigan is deployed primarily by oil and gas service companies in hydraulic fracturing operations.
Industrial Minerals and Construction Aggregates
We produce specialty industrial minerals and end product construction aggregates of various sizes and types to meet your end product specifications for the heavy construction Industry. All materials produced are supported by our Quality Management Systems and Transportation Logistics across North America.
Canadian Silica Industries Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Silicon found in Canada?
Approximately 28% of the world’s crust is comprised of silicon in silicate mineral form, which is why silica mining is the predominant method for obtaining silicon. Silica mines in Canada are mainly found in Quebec, Ontario, and Alberta, as well as Saskatchewan, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. Canadian silicon industries produced approximately 57,000 metric tonnes as of 2020.
What is silica used for?
Silica is used in a wide array of different applications, including in glass production, foundries, as well as in ceramics and charcoal industries. What’s more, silica is also used widely in a variety of functional products such as rubber, silica sand, paints, plastics, and more. Indeed, the applications for silica are vast, and silica mines and Canadian silica industries thus have a large influence on the economy.
What is crystalline silica used for?
Crystalline silica is derived predominantly from the Earth’s crust in many forms, including from soil, sand, concrete, granite, and many other minerals. It is used for the production of numerous products, including glass, pottery, ceramics, bricks, and artificial stone. Most commonly, crystalline silica is mined from the Earth in the form of quartz from a silica quartz mine, although it’s also derived from cristobalite and tridymite minerals.