BOC has announced plans to build a new liquid helium plant in
The helium produced by the
Under a long-term contract with Darwin LNG, BOC will extract the helium from the vent stream of the
Pending the required government and regulatory approvals, construction of BOC’s helium plant, located at Wickham Point and adjacent to Darwin LNG’s facility, will begin in mid-2006. When the helium plant reaches full production, it will have capacity of 150 million cubic feet per year and will supply between one and three per cent of the world’s helium demand.
Phil Kornbluth, vice president, helium & rare gases, BOC, added, “The investment in Darwin is another in a series of steps BOC has taken recently to strengthen our global supply position and prepare for the eventual decline of US sources.”
Darwin LNG’s plant, which is expected to produce 3.1 million metric tons of liquefied natural gas a year when it begins operating in early 2006, is now under construction.