Plans to extract sand from the Northern Territory for fracking in the Beetaloo Basin

One company has revealed plans to mine sand in the Northern Territory, with the aim of selling it to gas companies wishing to fracture in the Beetaloo Basin.

Territory Sands says it has identified a 110 million-tonne sand resource near the small town of Larrimah, which it believes could be used to fracture gas wells.

To fracture a well, a mixture of water, sand and chemicals is pushed down under high pressure to break up rocks deep underground and release the gas.

For the few wells that have been fracked in the Beetaloo Basin as part of exploration, sand was brought in from South Australia, Saudi Arabia and the United States.

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