Qatar helium production back on-stream; supply logistics still a challenge


gasworld has learned from industry sources that helium production from the two plants in Ras Laffan Industrial City, Qatar restarted on or around 2nd July.

While some sources report that production is at full capacity, others speculate that it will take some time to create the steady flow of empty helium containers that would be required to run the Qatari plants at their full capacity.

Whatever the capacity, such a development is ultimately good news for global helium markets that were beginning to feel the impact of the loss of more than 25% of worldwide supply, since the diplomatic embargo was placed on Qatar by neighbouring countries on 5th June.

The helium supply chain can now begin to re-inflate and should gradually return to normal during the remainder of July and August, though caution is urged where the major hurdle of logistics is concerned.

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