New Facility North American Helium Commences Production of Third Helium Plant in Canada
North American Helium has entered into a long-term contract with Air Liquide in which the France-based industrial gas firm will be the primary off-taker of the new helium production facility based in Mankota, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Calgary/Canada – North American Helium (NAH) has successfully brought its third helium purification facility on production in May with zero operational issues. This facility is located near the Village of Mankota in southwest Saskatchewan.
Commenting on this operational milestone, Marlon Mc Dougall, President and COO stated, “As NAH continues to execute on its operating and development plans, we are now realizing our goal of creating a new global helium production hub in Saskatchewan. We have been diligent in our approach to obtaining a deep understanding of the helium reservoir and trapping systems on our substantial land position and remain firmly on track to double helium production in 2022. North American Helium continues to increase its level of investment in Saskatchewan as we advance exploration and development projects slated for 2023.”
Mc Dougall continued: “This is an exciting year for us, and we plan to add two additional helium production facilities before year-end 2022, while also doubling the capacity of one of our existing production plants.”
Air Liquide is part of the growing Saskatchewan helium story. This is the second successful NAH project in which the Group is a major off-taker, the first being the Battle Creek plant, Canada’s largest helium purification facility. Both projects were completed on time and at projected capacity, providing certainty in the helium supply chain for its customers.
“Air Liquide is continuously looking at ways to increase the availability of helium for its customers,” commented Rich Brook, President, Air Liquide Helium America. Commenting on the increased helium production volumes now on long-term contract, Nicholas Snyder, Chairman and CEO of NAH stated, “We are pleased to once again be working with Air Liquide as the primary off-taker of the helium production from our new Mankota facility.”