As gasworld returns to the Middle East this September, we tackle one of hottest topics in the industrial gases business – the uncertainty surrounding global helium supply and the effects of the Saudi-led Qatar blockade
Qatar is responsible for around 30% of the world’s helium supply and, despite reports that production re-commenced at the two plants in Ras Laffan Industrial City earlier this month, questions remain concerning the ongoing diplomatic crisis and how this will affect future helium supply.
In the immediate term, the issue of logistics and getting helium product out of Qatar is still considered to be a major hurdle – even if production does return to full capacity, it is thought supply from Qatar will remain restricted until this is improved or the geo-political impasse is resolved.
gasworld’s MENA Industrial Gas Conference in Dubai (UAE) this September will put these dynamics and the global helium supply under the spotlight, as we welcome esteemed industry expert Phil Kornbluth from Kornbluth Helium Consulting, LLC to speak about the future implications of these recent events on the market. With the situation in Qatar once again reminding those in the helium business of the industry’s supply chain vulnerabilities, this is a session not to be missed.
The event, titled Partnerships – A Route to Success, will also cover topics such as sourcing and supply partnerships and geographical collaborations. The three-day conference will include thought-provoking sessions and discussions, as well as invaluable networking opportunities.
The full agenda can be seen here.