RasGas recently held a ceremony to celebrate reaching the production capacity of the Helium Recovery Unit to the original design rate of 9.2 tpd, considered an exceptional milestone as RasGas now accounts for around 10% of the world’s tightening total helium production.

A number of important figures were present at the celebratory event including, Operations Group Manager Hamad M al-Muhannadi, Trains 1/2/Helium Recovery Unit Asset Manager Mohamed H Shikari and the task force team consisting of personnel from RasGas, Air Liquide and Axima Company.

Showing his appreciation for the team’s work and achievement, al-Muhannadi, commented, “This achievement demonstrates excellent team work between our asset operations, maintenance and technical engineering departments along with engineers from Air Liquide and Axima Company.”

Shikari noted, “The task force team was technically challenged to study and resolve teething issues which were encountered during the commissioning of the plant. Reaching this milestone reinforces RasGas’ commitment to meet customer demand.”

Shikari also stated that the team continued to engage in resolving issues regarding the improvement in reliability of crude helium supply from LNG plants, as well as overcoming limitations faced during the loading of hot containers. The Helium Project is a joint venture, owned by RasGas (I), RasGas (II) and Qatargas, and operated by RasGas Company Limited.