Qatar blockade threatens to disrupt helium supply as Saudi Arabia and UAE cut ties


Today’s announcement of a decision by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to shut land borders with Qatar threatens to seriously disrupt helium shipments from Qatar and throw world helium markets into disarray, says Phil Kornbluth, President of Kornbluth Helium Consulting, and editorial advisor to gasworld magazine (US Edition).

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have suspended air and sea travel to Qatar, and Saudi Arabia will shut its land border with the Middle Eastern country, effectively implementing a blockade of Qatar.

With the great majority of Qatari helium transported by truck via Saudi Arabia and the UAE to the port of Jebel Ali for international shipment, this blockade will cut off most Qatari helium from world markets, Kornbluth says.

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