BOC opens Australia’s first helium plant in Darwin


Great news from Australia, where the BOC Darwin Helium Plant was today declared open by The Honourable Paul Henderson MLA, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory and The Honourable Martin Ferguson AM MP, Minister for Resources and Energy.

The helium plant is the first of its kind in Australia and has been built next to the Darwin LNG site that supplies the raw helium gas, from a previously unused vent stream.

As well as being an Austrlian first, it is the first helium plant in the Southern Hemisphere and puts Darwin and Australia on the world map as a new source of the rare product – explained Colin Isaac, Managing Director of BOC South Pacific.

“The new plant will produce 150 million cubic feet of helium annually, enough to supply all of Australia’s needs with additional capacity available for export to other world markets. Australia’s helium requirements were previously met by importing product from overseas, typically from the US and the Middle East,” said Isaac.

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