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Chippewa Falls sand plant could open by end of October

CHIPPEWA FALLS -- The new EOG Resources sand processing plant in Chippewa Falls is more than 90 percent complete, and it should open by the end of October, said EOG Resources shared services manager Curt Parsons.

CHIPPEWA FALLS -- The new EOG Resources sand processing plant in Chippewa Falls is more than 90 percent complete, and it should open by the end of October, said EOG Resources shared services manager Curt Parsons.

The plant, when complete, will have the capability of processing 1.7 million tons of sand every year.

The plant was originally projected to cost between $45 million and $50 million, but Parsons said the cost has grown to about $60 million. One reason the cost is higher is that EOG Resources added an indoor sand storage building; the original plans called for an outdoor sand pile.

"We've put in the best equipment we could find," Parsons said. "It's taken a little longer to put some equipment in, and that increased the labor costs."

Parsons, who works in the company's Texas headquarters, toured the plant Wednesday.

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EOG Resources will be hauling sand from two mine sites -- one in the town of Howard, and one in the town of Cooks Valley -- to the plant, where it will be washed and processed. The sand will then be shipped on rail cars to EOG Resources facilities in Texas and Pennsylvania.

"They'll start bringing in sand from out there the last week of September," Parsons said.

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