Commercial operations have officially commenced at Weil Group Resources and Linde Engineering’s unique helium (He) purification facility in Saskatchewan, maintaining the promise to revitalise the Canadian He resource industry.
This first-of-its-kind He purification site, which is owned and operated by Weil whilst the Tier One corporation handled the design and engineering of the facility, uses Linde’s pioneering hybrid process of membrane and pressure swing adsorption (PSA) technology.
The plant represents a $12m investment and uses a unique process to enrich wellhead gas with a 1-2% He concentration into a high-grade, industrial quality product at 99.99% purity.
Weil has revitalised a 60-year-old industry in Saskatchewan by our commissioning of the first high-quality He purification facility in Canada
It is capable of processing up to 10 million standard cubic feet of feed gas into purified He and will serve industrial customers in Canada and the western US. He tub-trailer deliveries began last month from the site.
Jeff Vogt, CEO of Weil, signified, “Weil has revitalised a 60-year-old industry in Saskatchewan by our commissioning of the first high-quality He purification facility in Canada. We are grateful for our alliance with Linde Engineering and appreciate their quality, technological leadership and reliability in this unique area.”
It is widely believed that this site will bring new life to the He industry in Saskatchewan, where the element was discovered in the early 1960s but has been dormant ever since.
Weil Group acquired and reentered the wells in the Canadian province in 2013, and commissioned the new plant after validating its He reserves. The Saskatchewan facility will be one of several other He exploration, development and processing projects that the corporation owns, including those in Alberta and the US.
gasworld is hosting its Helium Summit 2.0 in New Jersey next month, honing in on the hottest topics within the He industry, addressing future market developments and questions over application developments.
Taking place from 12th-13th September, the summit aims to understand change in the supply and demand dynamics of the He business, both in the US and globally.
Titled Markets Returning to Equilibrium, topics include the future of the BLM pipeline supply and storage systems, future He production projects and advances in He technology and equipment.