After several prolonged helium shortages over the past 15 years, the coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19) may have finally brought the period of recurring shortages to an abrupt end during early 2020. With supply and demand in relative balance throughout much of 2020 and into early 2021, the next challenge for helium markets will be to absorb significant, yet anticipated, new capacity from Russia and Qatar, over the coming years.

How will the new capacity impact global helium markets? Will helium markets experience over-supply? Which applications and regions will drive demand? What new challenges will be created for helium suppliers and consumers? How will Russia’s emergence as a major supplier impact the global helium business? How will Qatar adjust to a changing supply chain? Can the North American supply structure balance depleting sources with new, inert gas field extracted Helium?

These questions, and more, will be explored from tomorrow during gasworld’s first ever Helium Super Summit. Why a Super Summit? Because there is so much to explore and debate, that we could not possibly fit all the discussion and networking into our regular one-day summit format – instead, we bring two and a half days of speakers, networking and business opportunities.

We are now at the Westin Houston, Memorial City Hotel, ready to bring to you a two-day long agenda under the theme Adjusting to the Change in Helium Supply Dynamics. With this, the Super Summit will provide an expanded stage for helium market and technological development discussions.

Agenda

Day One – December 8, 2021

Time (CDT)TopicSpeaker/Company

8:30am

Welcome and Introduction

John Raquet, gasworld

     
 

Session One – The Big Picture

 
     

8:45am

Helium Business to 2021-2025:

Challenging and Opportunities

Wally Nelson, Air Products

9:15am

Supply vs Demand Outlook

2021-2026

Maura Garvey, Intelligas Consulting

9:45am

Impact of Covid-19 on Helium Markets

Steve Eckhardt, Matheson

10:45am

Q&A

 

10:30am

Coffee Break

 
     
 

Session Two – Sourcing and Supply

 
     

11:00am

Gazprom’s Amur Project

Phil Kornbluth, Kornbluth Helium Consulting

11:30am

Update on Privatization of the BLM’s Helium Assets

Sam Burton, U.S. BLM

 

12:00pm

Ras Laffan Helium Production - Current Status, Future Plans

Mohammed Al-Kubaisi, Qatargas

12:30pm

ExxonMobil LaBarge Plant - Plant Overview, Revised Marketing Plans

Abigail V. Thurston, ExxonMobil

1:00pm

Q&A

 

1:15pm

Lunch

 

2:15-5:00pm

Exhibition & Networking

 

 

Day Two - December 9, 2021

Time (CDT)TopicSpeaker/Company

8:30am

Day One Recap/Day Two Into

Phil Kornbluth, Kornbluth Helium Consulting

     
 

Session Three – Marketing, Applications and Equipment

 
     

8:45am

Electronics

Mike Corbett, Linx Consulting

9:15am

Chinese Market Overview

Tom Deng, Guanggang Gases & Energy

9:45am

MRI, Helium Demand Driver

Nick Haines, Messer Industries

10:15am

Aerospace

Antoine Mazas, Air Liquide

10:45am

Q&A

 

11:00am

Coffee Break

 
     
 

Session Four – Sources and Supply II

 
     

11:30am

Tumbleweed Midstream - Ladder Creek Expansion Plan

Durell Johnson, Tumbleweed Midstream

12:00pm

Helium Production from Non-Hydrocarbon Gas

Marlon McDougall, North American Helium

12:30pm

Helium From Tanzania

David Minchin, Helium One

1:00pm

Q&A

 

1:15pm

Wrap-Up, Clocking Remarks

Phil Kornbluth, John Raquet

1:30pm

Lunch

 

2:30-5:00pm

Exhibition and Networking

 

 

Stay up-to-date

Stay up-to-date with all the latest news, views and developments at the Helium Super Summit via the gasworld website, updated throughout the event.

gasworld will also be sharing live updates during the Summits, which you can follow on twitter and LinkedIn using the hashtag #GWHOUSTON21