North American Helium brings third helium facility into production

Mike Edwards   

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NAH Mankota helium production facility in SW Saskatchewan (Photo: Business Wire)

Calgary-based North American Helium Inc. (NAH) has announced it 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.

This is the second successful NAH project in which Air Liquide is a major off-taker, the first being the Battle Creek plant, Canada’s largest helium purification facility.

The increased helium production volumes are now on long-term contract with Air Liquide.

Founded in 2013, North American Helium has been the most active helium driller in Saskatchewan with over 40 wells drilled to date, the company says. It plans to have a continuous capital investment program, which will include acquisition of additional third-party and proprietary seismic data, drilling 15 to 20 wells per year, and concurrently building additional helium processing facilities as new fields are developed.

Over the past several years, NAH has discovered eight new helium fields and acquired rights to explore for and produce helium on a land base of over 8.5 million contiguous acres, primarily in Saskatchewan, as well as the states of Utah, Arizona, and Montana.

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