Helium production debut for Australia


Australia’s first ever helium production plant is to be built in the country’s Northern Territory at Darwin, after a deal for the project was reached between BOC and Darwin LNG.

It is believed that the $33m project will have the capacity to meet the entire nation’s helium needs and also supply export markets, crucial if the current global helium shortage is a sign of things to come.

Northern Territory Chief Minister, Clare Martin, commented, “Gas is the future for the territory and this helium plant in Darwin shows why it has so much potential.”

Martin also urged other companies to follow BOC’s lead and use gas piped into Darwin in downstream industries.

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