Saskatchewan boosts helium sector with liquefaction hub study


Helium processing and liquefaction hubs are key focus for Saskatchewan as the Canadian province continues on its mission to become a world leader in helium production and export over the next decade.

The Government of Saskatchewan on Thursday (17th March) said it had entered into a partnership with the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) to accelerate the development of the hubs, with support of a $140,000 grant from the Ministry of Energy and Resources.

In order to make its helium processing and liquefaction ambitions a reality, the duo will develop a Helium Liquefaction Hub Study to assess technical and economic components as well as provide critical information needed to develop a commercial scale, value-added, export-oriented helium sector in Saskatchewan.

Bronwyn Eyre, Minister of Energy and Resources for the Saskatchewan Government, said, “We are already home to Canada’s largest purification facility, near Battle Creek, and liquefaction is the crucial, next step, as we aim to supply ten per cent of global helium market share by 2030.”

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