Important milestone for helium industry in Algeria


Helison Production Spa, a joint venture between the Algerian gas and oil company Sonatrach and The Linde Group, delivered its one hundredth container of helium at its plant in Skikda.

Since commencing operations in April 2007, the Skikda plant has been supplying most of the helium that Linde sells on the European market.
Designed and built by Linde Engineering, the helium plant was handed over to Helison Production in June 2006 and has been reliably producing high purity liquid helium since April 2007.

Sonatrach supplies the feed gas – a mixture consisting of helium, nitrogen and methane – to Helison from their three LNG plants they own and operate in Skikda.

During the helium production process, the nitrogen is separated, liquefied and delivered back to Sonatrach for use in the industry, while the methane is returned to the LNG complex and used to produce steam. The Helison plant is therefore emission-free.

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