Qatargas has loaded the 10,000th cargo of helium from its Helium 2 plant, in what the state-run LNG producer described today as a “significant milestone”.

Touted as the largest helium production facility in the world, the plant is located in Ras Laffan Industrial City and started production in June 2013.

Qatargas operates the Helium 1 and Helium 2 plants at the location, which combined have a production capacity of 2.2 billion standard cubic feet (bscf) per year.

With the Helium 3 plant expected to start operations in 2021, Qatargas said it will account for approximately 35% of world helium production with an overall production capacity of 2.6 bscf per year.