Our Sand

The Wanipigow Silica Sand deposit is extremely well-defined through an exhaustive exploration program. 93 core holes were drilled, logged, tested, and evaluated in 2018-2019 to define and quantify the Wanipigow resource.

The deposit was discovered in 1977 and drilled by Manitoba government geologists in 1981 and 1989.

CPS owns 100% of a large and contiguous series of Quarry Leases issued by Manitoba Mines branch.

The deposit was discovered in 1977 and drilled by Manitoba government geologists in 1981 and 1989.

CPS is 100% owner of 41 Quarry Leases issued by Manitoba Mines branch which encompass 5,657 acres.

Based on the Technical Report filed by CPS on SEDAR, effective May 28, 2019, in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 (NI43-101), we now know that we are working with 30.6M tonnes of Proven and Probable Reserves of high-quality silica sand.

Million tonnes of  Proven & Probable Reserves of  High Quality Silica Sand

Based on the Technical Report, the resource consists of 41.5M tonnes of Measured, 8.1M tonnes of Indicated and 97.3M tonnes of Inferred Resource

*Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

Based on the Technical Report filed by CPS on SEDAR, effective May 28, 2019, in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 (NI43-101), we now know that we are working with 30.6M tonnes of Proven and Probable Reserves of high-quality silica sand.

Million tonnes of  Proven & Probable Reserves of  High Quality Silica Sand

Based on the Technical Report, the resource consists of 41.5M tonnes of Measured, 8.1M tonnes of Indicated and 97.3M tonnes of Inferred Resource

*Mineral resources are not mineral reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.

Oil & Gas Market

Northern White Sand is the term used in the North American oil and gas upstream industry for premium natural sand proppant utilized in hydraulic fracture stimulations. It is in high demand, particularly in developing unconventional plays that require horizontal drilling and are completed using hydraulic fracturing techniques.

This process includes pumping proppant mixed with fluid into a cased wellbore using powerful hydraulic pumps generating enough pressure to cause the formation to fracture. The proppant (silica sand) keeps newly creted fractures open, creating a pathway of high permeability through which oil or gas can flow.

Our sand has physical properties similar to Northern White Sand while being located over one thousand kilometers closer than Wisconsin mines, making it ideally suited for supplying the growing demand in Western Canada and North Dakota.  Over 80% of proppant used in CPS Target Markets utilize Northern White Sand

Wanipigow Sand will meet demands from major markets requiring high purity silica Sand.

Wanipigow Sand will meet demands from major markets requiring high purity silica Sand.

Our resource is comprised of high purity silica sand that will be processed within closely controlled size specifications. Silica (SiO2) is a group of minerals composed of silicon and oxygen. Silica is very hard, chemically inert, and has a high melting point attributed to the strength of the bonds between the atoms. These are prized qualities in applications like foundries and filtration systems. Industrial silica sand’s strength and non-reactive properties make it an indispensable ingredient in the production of thousands of everyday products. It is a higher quality product than the sand used in concrete and construction materials.

In addition, the following physical characteristics of our sand make it ideally suited to meet the hydraulic fracturing demand in North America and puts it in the range of physical properties exhibited by typical Northern White Sand found in Wisconsin.

API Test Results CPS 70/140 Typical NWS
Sphericity 0.7 0.7-0.9
Silica Content 99.2% > 99%
Acid Solubility 0.8% < 3%
K Value 10K – 11K 10K – 14K
Turbidity (NTU) 11 < 250

Note: API Test Results for CPS 70/140 are based on Lab-washed samples tested by Stim-Lab, as per the Technical Report, of up to 11K. Management expects actual plant processing may improve crush resistance values.

Currently, in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and North Dakota Bakken oil and gas fields the vast majority of fracture proppant demand is met with Northern White Sand imported from Wisconsin.

The Wanipigow Sand deposit, utilizing unit-train transload facilities near Winnipeg, will have ready access to three Class 1 rail carriers to participate in this market demand. Wanipigow Sand will provide a reliable Canadian supply of high-quality sand, similar to Northern White Sand in quality, to Western Canada’s oil and gas customers with lower logistics carbon footprint than Wisconsin mines

CPS takes great pride in the prospect of providing Wanipigow high-quality Silica Sand to Canada and North Dakota’s oil and gas industry in a sustainable way.

For more information on our sand, visit our Wanipigow Sand website