According to industry sources, Gazprom has declared a supply shortfall and suspended all deliveries of bulk liquid helium for export from Russia, effective immediately, due to an order issued by Russia’s anti-trust committee.

Apparently, this action has been taken in response to the current worldwide shortage of helium, which has destabilised domestic Russian helium markets.

The Orenburg liquefier accounts for approximately 100 MMscf of helium production per year, or around 1.5% of total worldwide supply. It is capable of producing helium to 99.9999% purification.