Air Products has successfully filled its 100th helium (He) ISO container at its newest He production facility in Colorado, US.
The Doe Canyon plant is unique in that it’s the only one in the world extracting He from a gas stream composed primarily of carbon dioxide (CO2).
The facility extracts He from the gas stream and returns the CO2 to the site host, Kinder Morgan CO2 Company, for its intended enhanced oil recovery (EOR) use.
This is not just another liquid He plant. By using cutting-edge technology, combined with world class operations, we’re able to recover He from CO2
Much of the He produced in the US today comes from the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) system, however this system is in decline and will eventually become completely depleted. At the same time, the world’s demand for He is set to continue to grow, meaning new sources of He like this are becoming essential.
The Doe Canyon plant is expected to produce up to 230 m3 feet of He per year, which could replace more than 15% of the BLM reserve He supply.
Corning Painter, Executive Vice-President of Industrial Gases, reinforced, “This is not just another liquid He plant. By using cutting-edge technology, combined with world class operations, we’re able to recover He from CO2. It is one more step, in a series of steps, Air Products has taken to be the most reliable He supplier in the world.”
Walter Nelson, Vice-President and General Manager of Global Helium at the Tier One company, confirmed, “We will continue to make the investments necessary to maintain the leading market position in this industry that we have established and enhanced over many decades.”