So Whats Up with Helium?


We haven’t got much left – right? That, in any event, is the news that’s been spreading in recent years. From a handful of studies, it was concluded that the international supply of helium (He) is being exhausted at a frightful rate and will soon disapper altogether. (Well, yeah, that could take another two, maybe three, centuries, but why hold off until things get out of hand, eh?)

We’re not inclined to assure you there isn’t a global helium shortage; some evidence bears out the perception. We’re more than inclined, though, to assure you that SYOXSA, Inc. in El Paso and the PurityPlus® partner network of more than 150 specialty gas producers and distributors at 600 facilities coast to coast are more than able to fulfill your helium needs well into the future. We also want to spread a little cheer about the world’s helium reserves. The reality is that there’s no reason to fear that there isn’t sufficient helium for your professional needs. Rest easy; you’ll have lots of it to facilitate every analytical task you regularly perform, whether in the realm of gas chromatography, spectroscopy, or mass spectrometry. The helium so necessary for the operation of MRI scanners, for the manufacture of semiconductors and superconductors, for diverse space industry applications, and for hi-tech firms doing nuclear research is immediately available – and will remain so – from SYOXSA, Inc..

The positive news about global helium reserves is that there are probably more of them than we once recognized existed. According to more-recent studies:

  • Various geological territories have shown groundwater transporting huge volumes of helium into natural gas fields and trapping it there.
  • Deep helium, liberated in the birth of mountain ranges on the order of the Rockies, has filtered via groundwater into subterrestrial reservoirs where natural gas is found too.
  • In areas where volcanic eruptions are the norm, enough heat is produced in seismic disruptions to release helium from conventional gas-trapping rock formations deeper underground into reservoirs closer to the earth’s surface. Obviously, it’s simpler to access there – unless it’s too close to a volcano, which would make its removal troublesome.

The salient points of these findings are that, 1) we’ve long underestimated how much helium is actually available to us, and 2) understanding how helium gets trapped in the natural reservoirs we know about is showing us where to survey for new helium resources.

Nevertheless, there are some who contend that a helium crisis isn’t upon us, that helium is continuously produced in nature, and simply liquifying more natural gas would allow us to extract higher quantities of helium from it. Certainly helium is gotten from natural gas via condensation. But the equipment necessary to do it has thus far remained financially daunting. This has disincentivized widespread helium extraction from liquified natural gas (LNG). As equipment prices decrease, though, more helium extraction kits can be added to wells, making it possible for us to capture more of this noble gas before it would otherwise be burned up.

So, again, never fear. We do have practical options for getting hold of more helium. And you can rely on SYOXSA, Inc. here in El Paso to have the helium you need – whether as a coolant, a pressurizer, or a cleaning agent – whenever and wherever you need it.