RasGas has the world’s largest helium facility …

While helium (He) is the second most abundant element in the universe after hydrogen (H), helium can only be recovered from some underground natural gas deposits. Today, RasGas operates and manages the world’s largest Helium facility, Helium 2, making Qatar the world’s largest exporter of high quality liquid helium supplying 25 per cent of global demand.

QUICK FACTS
Helium 1
  • Announced in 2003 and started production in August 2005.
  • Designed production capacity of 700 million standard cubic feet per year reached in 2008.
  • Production currently stands at more than 500 containers a year.
  • Helium feed stock streams from eight LNG processing trains: RasGas Trains 1- 5 and Qatargas Trains 1-3
Helium 2
  • Twice the capacity of Helium 1.
  • Construction began in June 2011 and production started in June 2013.
  • 100 per cent production reached in October 2013
  • Annual capacity of 1.3 billion standard cubic feet making it the world’s largest helium refining facility.
  • Helium feed stock streams from six LNG processing trains: RasGas’ mega trains 6 and 7, and Qatargas’ mega trains 4-7.
  • Helium 2’s construction was completed without a single lost time incident (LTI).

 

Where is Helium used?Owing to its low density, inertness and unique low-temperature behaviour, Helium is used across a number of industries including medicine, astronomy, space travel, aviation and deep sea diving. Here are some examples:
2 Blimp HeliumLiquid helium’s use in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines continues to increase as the medical profession accepts and develops new uses for the equipment.
Helium is used to inflate blimps, scientific balloons and party balloons.
2 Blimp HeliumHelium is used to clean out rocket engines, pressurise the interior of liquid fuel rockets, condense hydrogen and oxygen to make rocket fuel, and force fuel into the engines during rocket launches
2 Blimp HeliumHelium is used in solar telescopes to reduce the distorting effects of temperature variations in between lenses
2 Blimp HeliumLiquid helium is an important cryogenic material and is used to study superconductivity and to create superconductive magnets. It is also used in superconductors which is essential for the manufacturing of electronics.

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