Getting off the ground

2018-11-01T17:14:00+00:00By , US Editor

Lockheed Martin’s trucks of the future and HAV’s floating cruise ship are getting closer to reality, writes Nick Parkinson.


Privatization of BLM’s helium assets raises concerns

2018-11-01T16:25:00+00:00By Phil Kornbluth

Two of the most widely discussed topics at the recent gasworld Helium Summit in Houston were the potential impact of the end of the US Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) crude helium sales to private industry and the privatization of the BLM’s helium assets which is scheduled to take place ...

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Gazprom suspends helium exports

2018-10-29T10:00:00+00:00By Phil Kornbluth,

According to industry sources, Gazprom has declared a supply shortfall and suspended all deliveries of bulk liquid helium for export from Russia, effective immediately, due to an order issued by Russia’s anti-trust committee.


China now a major market for helium

2018-10-05T09:43:00+01:00By , Reporting from Houston, Texas

The Chinese market has experienced significant growth over the past decade and is now a major market for helium.

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BLM: Three steps to privitisation

2018-10-05T09:18:00+01:00By , Live from Houston, Texas

The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) continues to work towards the privitisation of the Federal Helium Reserve and is following three key steps to a smooth transfer to private administry, according to Sam Burton, Field Manager for the BLM’s Federal Helium Programme.

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Global Helium Summit 2018 closes


“It’s pretty safe to say at least 2019 is going to be a very tight market vulnerable to upset and it could be ugly for a while. It’s not going to get better tomorrow, it’s not going to fix itself right away, but when everything is running right and all ...

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Global Helium Summit 2018 underway


A tight market in-progress; shortages seemingly never far away; a market evidently exposed to geopolitical risks; and a number of future supply scenarios in the mix. The global helium business might be described as something of a tinder box ready to catch light in the months and years ahead.

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Irkutsk Oil Company announces new helium project


Irkutsk Oil Company, Russia’s largest privately-owned independent oil producer, has announced plans to build a 10 million litre (266 MMCF) per year liquid helium plant in the Irkutsk Region of Siberia.

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Helium Summit begins tomorrow


It has long been known the world’s biggest helium resource, the BLM Pipeline, is on a timer to depletion and by 2021 we will face the reality of a new-look helium business altogether.


Study finds He and O2 more successful in surgery


According to a new study led by Klaus Hopster, Assistant Professor of large animal anaesthesiology at Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, Heliox – a breathing gas composed of a mixture of helium (He) and oxygen (O2) – when used under higher pressure ventilation, could achieve better results for horses under ...

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Interview with Phil Kornbluth


The global helium business has seldom been far from the headlines in the last half-decade. The industry endured a long and severe supply shortage from 2011-2013 (Helium Shortage 2.0) and though it has been through periods of recovery and equilibrium in the years since, the business is still often on ...

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American Helium provides update


Canadian company American Helium Inc. has been working to secure additional funding in order to advance its helium property exploration programmes.

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BLM reaps windfall from FY 2019 Helium Auction

2018-08-31T20:03:00+01:00By Phil Kornbluth, President of Kornbluth Helium Consulting

The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held its FY 2019 Crude Helium Auction in Amarillo, Texas earlier today, with the average price rising $160.64/Mscf, or 135%, from the average price of $119.31/Mscf that resulted from the FY 2018 auction.

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