ABOUT HELIUM

Helium is indispensable in many areas

Its extreme rarity on earth and its unique physico-chemical properties
make it a highly sought resource.

WHY HELIUM
IS A STRATEGIC RESOURCE ?

<p style=font-weight:bold;">A restricted number of production sites

A restricted number of production sites

Helium production sites are limited and concentrated in a minority of countries, particularly in United States, Qatar, Algeria, Australia, Russia and Poland.

<p style="color:#83B3DA;font-weight:bold;">Uses<br>booming

Uses
booming

Helium is a key resource essential for many industries, such as new technologies. The number of uses keeps increasing every day !

<p style="color:#E08716;font-weight:bold;">UNEQUALLY DISTRIBUTED PRODUCTION

UNEQUALLY DISTRIBUTED PRODUCTION

The places of consumption do not coincide with production areas. As a result, Western Europe imports all its helium needs at high energy costs.

 <p style=font-weight:bold;">NO EFFECTIVE <br>SUBSTITUTE

NO EFFECTIVE
SUBSTITUTE

Helium has unique properties that most of users have so far not been able to substitute.

<p style=font-weight:bold;">Unsustainable <br>synthesis

Unsustainable
synthesis

Helium synthesis is possible but complex and inefficient to represent a viable alternative.

<p style=font-weight:bold;">Dependency to <br>NATURAL GAS

Dependency to
NATURAL GAS

The majority of helium reserves, mostly discovered by chance, are a by-product of natural gas fields.

Helium in a few figures

This was the average price in US$ per m³ of helium in 2018.

This is the current global demand for helium in millions of m³.

This is the current global production of helium in millions of m³.

This is the percentage of helium imported into Western Europe.

This is the maximum number of days of transport before helium leakage occurs

This is the temperature in °C of helium liquefaction, the lowest that exists!

The worldwide helium market

HELIUM PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

Helium is an environmentally friendly gas that does not participate in greenhouse effect
and has unique and exceptional physical properties :

It does not react and does not alter the materials with which it is in contact.
More than air and therefore the ideal gas for lifting airships and festive balloons.
This property makes it very effective for deep-sea diving.
This gives it the quality of excellent cooler, especially for medical MRIs, cryogenics or superconducting magnets.
It can be produced and used safely whatever is the context.
It is a neutral gas that can be used for many applications without any risk.
It's a tiny molecule that escapes through any crack, making it ideal for leak detection.
  • It does not react and does not alter the materials with which it is in contact.
  • More than air and therefore the ideal gas for lifting airships and festive balloons.
  • This property makes it very effective for deep-sea diving.
  • This gives it the quality of excellent cooler, especially for medical MRIs, cryogenics or superconducting magnets.
  • It can be produced and used safely whatever is the context.
  • It is a neutral gas that can be used for many applications without any risk.
  • It's a tiny molecule that escapes through any crack, making it ideal for leak detection.

HELIUM USES

Often unknown, they are however multiple and every day more diverse :