Mining & Fracking

Exclusive Pricing For Mining and Fracking Storage Tanks

The mining and fracking industries need storage tanks for water. Both use mass quantities of water in various processes and in exploration. SteelCore Tank is expert in providing water holding tanks for both the mining and fracking industries. From 10,000 gallons to reservoirs over 6-million gallons we are experienced in the industry and make a great partner for any mining or fracking operation.

Mining Water Storage Needs

A basic overview of the mining industry and water use can be broken down into several categories. These categories include:
  • Sand and gravel for use in making concrete, building roads, foundations and more
  • Hard rock provides a variety of minerals and metals for use in various industries.
  • Coal either underground or strip mined provides heat for homes and powers electric
  • Industrial minerals (soft rock) are used in manufacturing, construction, and other processes other than heating. Two examples of the minerals mined are clay and silica.

Those categories can be divided into subgroups, but we are just going to do a quick overview of each.

With hard rock mining water is used for drilling. Also, size reduction including pressing, wet inspection, semi-autogenous crunching, and ball and rod mills. There will be 1,000s of gallons of water needed for the processes and to keep dust down on the site. For that much you will need storage tanks. Then there is the dirty water from the processes that will need to be cleaned before it can be allowed into the water table.

Sand and gravel needs water for crushing, wet screening, sand screw, and other processes concerning sand and silt. Since sand and gravel mining is done in rural areas there will be the need of storage tanks for water and fuel. You might also need tanks for other process liquids or dry ingredients.

Coal mining the water usage varies by the type of mining done. Two of those ways is underground and strip mining. Underground has its own issues such as gas build up. In underground coal mining water is used to cool the machinery that is used to drill the coal. In strip mining water is used to keep dust down.

Industrial mineral mining covers a large variety of minerals. Two minerals are clay and silica. With clay, mining water is used in exploring sites for the clay. 1,000s of gallons of water are used to find the clay for mining. There are many processes that include chemical separation and physical separation. Each one uses various processes such as flotation, dewatering, leaching, smelting, and more. 

Most mining requires at least a minimal amount of water to perform essential operations. Many mine operations will reuse water when possible and some use rainwater that has been harvested. Rainwater harvesting can be a large help to mines that use water to transport minerals long distances from the point of origin of the water. That water can become depleted and or contaminated through the long distance. Once contaminated, it will not work for the process anymore. Harvesting rainwater in large-capacity tanks can help with the water requirements.

Storage tanks can provide water for processes, gather rainwater, and also provide drinking water for the workers.

There are a number of improvements to the mining processes that are being looked at for implementation. One is to find economic processes for materials thought to be waste

Fracking Water Storage Needs

Mining and Fracking Storage Tanks

Fracking (hydraulic fracturing) is a proven drilling technique. This technique is used to extract oil, natural gas, geothermal energy, or water from deep below the surface. It works by injecting liquids like water at high pressure to create fractures in the shale bed. This process allows extraction of gas, oil, and others from below the shale. Once the drilling is done, the rig and derrick are removed. The well is finished and will produce for years and even decades.

Fracking requires water for the frack drilling, keeping dust down on the site, and more. Water can be hauled in by truck from a main site farther away that has storage tanks for water including rainwater.

Fracking has had some bumps along the way. One concern is over contamination to well water, groundwater and natural waterways. There are still studies being done on that.  Also, recycling water from fracking is not fully possible. That is due to a number of contaminants in the water from drilling. However, a study done in 2016 by the EPA concluded that fracking is unlikely to harm shallow drinking water zones.

Most fracking sites will have large storage tanks that they can fill trucks to transport to other areas farther from the main site. Many will even employ rainwater harvesting to help with water usage.

Types of tanks for mining and fracking

What types of tanks for mining and fracking operations are needed? Let’s take a look at each industry and find out what type of storage tanks will be needed.
Mining and Fracking Storage Tanks

Storage Tanks for the Mining Industry

Mining will require tanks for the following:

  • Fuel storage tank – lined steel tanks that resist caustic and rust are an excellent choice for fuel.
  • Water storage tank – the liner for this tank will depend on what the water is being used for. Your drinking water for instance needs a highly rated liner. Rain harvesting will require a different liner than wastewater.
  • Ammonium nitrate storage tank – this will require a good steel tank with a liner that resists caustic damage
  • Slurry storage tank – slurry is a waste product from cleaning and moving the minerals, metals, or coal along its way.

Using storage tanks allows you to have enough water and storage capacity for waste and other chemicals etc. That allows you to not have to worry about running out. You will be able to continue your mining processes without interruption. 

The tanks are above industry standards making them durable. Each tank has a long lifespan. There are several liners that will allow you to store chemicals both liquid and solids. These liners hold up to caustic materials to prevent leaks.

Storage Tanks for the Fracking Industry

Fracking will require storage tanks for the following:

  • Process water for various processes during the operation
  • Brine (saltwater)
  • Frack water (water with possible chemicals to produce fracture in the shale)
  • Chemical or hydraulic fluid that can be caustic

Made in America, these tanks are built well overall industry standards. You can choose from various capacities, liners, and more. The tanks used for chemical liquids or dry storage have liners that are caustic resistant. This helps extend the life of the tanks. The Steel Core Tanks are built to a higher standard to have a long life span.

Steel tanks can be set up in various configurations for your particular industry. They can provide water storage, chemical storage, wastewater storage, fuel storage, and more than your industry needs. Whether it is mining, fracking, or manufacturing your company and industry can benefit from steel tanks.

There are even temporary storage tanks. The temporary storage tanks have an XR5 liner or one of several other specialty liners that will survive harsh chemicals. You can get a temporary storage tank in capacities of up to 4,000,000 million gallons. The best thing about the temporary tanks is that they can be disassembled, moved, and easily reassembled from site to site.

You will never have to worry about running out of water or water storage capacity, leaks, or other problems with a Steel Core tank.