It has long been known the world’s biggest helium resource, the BLM Pipeline, is on a timer to depletion and by 2021 we will face the reality of a new-look helium business altogether.

The industry has been scrambling to bring new capacity online around the world and unearth innovative new means of sourcing, while end-users have been actively pursuing recovery and recycling technologies.

With the helium industry at a crossroads of future challenges, a record number of delegates are beginning to arrive in Houston, Texas, today ahead of the third ever Global Helium Summit tomorrow.

Held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, and hosted by gasworld Conferences, the summit is the third symposium of its kind following on from successful events in New Jersey in September 2016 and London in June 2013.

Entitled Transitioning to Life Beyond the BLM, the Global Helium Summit 2018 will provide insight into the major issues facing the helium business, including the declining capacity of the US Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Helium Pipeline, the coming privatisation of the BLM’s helium assets, and the anticipated emergence of Gazprom as a major player in helium markets.

Nearly 300 delegates from countries as far as Australia, South Korea and Malaysia will gather this evening for the Pre-Summit Welcome Reception and a first look at the 14 promotional booths on show before turning their attentions to tomorrow’s event, highlighting the importance the helium business plays on a global scale.

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Industry insiders

The one-day event features a packed programme of discussion and debate with some of the biggest and most esteemed figures within the industry lined up to share their insights.

Key speakers include:

  • Phil Kornbluth, Kornbluth Helium Consulting
  • Walter (Wally) Nelson, Air Products
  • Sam Burton, BLM

The event will also provide an unrivalled opportunity to network with a veritable ‘who’s who’ in the global helium business.

Follow the summit

Stay up-to-date with all the latest news, views and developments at the Global Helium Summit 2018 via the gasworld website, updated throughout the event.

gasworld will also be tweeting live updates during the conference, which you can follow on Twitter using the hashtag #GWHelium.

A full review of the conference will be published in the upcoming November editions of both gasworld and gasworld (US edition) magazine.