Qatar becomes world’s largest helium exporter

December 12, 2013 9:57 am

Qatar becomes world’s largest helium exporter

Doha 12th December 2013: Qatar’s Minister of Energy and Industry HE Dr Mohammed Bin Saleh Al Sada officially inaugurated the Helium 2 plant, the world’s largest helium refining facility at Katara Cultural Village on Wednesday.

The Helium 2 plant, co-owned by Qatargas and RasGas, makes the country the world’s largest helium exporter, providing about 25% of current global demand and second largest helium producer after the United States.

HE Dr. Al-Sada said, “As Qatar celebrates Qatar National Day, I would like to present this achievement to HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar”. The plant is a proof of how country’s national resources from the North Field can be best optimized and how the elements of Qatar’s Vision 2030 can be put in place to build a better future for many generations to come, according to HE the minister.

The Helium Plant 2 started operations in 2005 and large number of Qatari nationals have been involved in the project since its early stages. The plant, which is twice the size of the first plant incorporates highly complex and advanced technology that captures, extracts and refines crude helium from six liquefied natural gas (LNG) mega trains. The annual production of two plants is 1.96 Bscf per year.

Senior government officials and senior personnel from Qatar Petroleum, RasGas, Qatargas, ExxonMobil, project shareholders, contracted customers and contractors were also attended the inauguration.

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