Matheson Tri-Gas Inc has announced plans to build a new helium transfill facility in Newark, California, marking the company’s fourth helium transfill in the US and parent company TNSC’s fourteenth worldwide.

The Newark facility is expected to be operational by mid-September 2008, capable of supplying bulk gaseous helium and liquid helium to end-user customers and distributors, primarily in the Northern California market and at a time of tight helium supply globally.

John Bigham, Director Product Management and Global Logistics, Matheson Tri-Gas Global Helium, explained, “The Newark site was selected due to its close proximity to existing and potential Matheson Tri-Gas helium customers. We look forward to building our presence in this market.”

In September 2006, TNSC acquired the majority of the helium assets that Linde AG was required to divest by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the European Commission, as a condition for regulatory approval of Linde AG’s acquisition of The BOC Group plc.

The FTC’s Consent Order required that Matheson Tri-Gas build helium transfills in Northern California and Southern California by 15th September 2008 and the company had previously announced construction of a helium transfill in Irwindale, Caifornia.

The acquired helium business is being managed by Matheson Tri-Gas under the name Matheson Tri-Gas Global Helium, which also operates industry leading helium recycling technology. TNSC is the leading helium supplier in Japan and is one of only six industrial gas companies in the world who have direct access to sources of helium.