Exclusive: Lessons to learn from Qatari helium situation, says Kornbluth


The helium business was caught without a Plan B and has a number of lessons to learn from the Qatar embargo that impacted upon helium supply markets in summer 2017, says esteemed consultant Phil Kornbluth.

While acknowledging that such a diplomatic situation was completely unexpected, Kornbluth – President of Kornbluth Helium Consulting and a veteran of the helium sector with more than 30 years of experience working for some of the biggest players in the business – described ‘almost a complete lack of contingency planning by the industry’.

Kornbluth was speaking at gasworld’s MENA Industrial Gas Conference 2017 in Dubai (UAE), where he was giving an update on the current market situation.

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