Russia may seize control of the global helium market


Helium, a gas that is known to most of today's inhabitants for its "soaring from the ceiling" balloons, is an extremely valuable resource. It is in demand in metallurgy, medicine, microelectronics and other important areas.


Helium can only be produced from natural gas. At the same time, no more than a dozen enterprises in the world are engaged in its production, most of which are located in the United States.

Over the past decade, prices for this gas have grown 2,5 times. Today, the main supplier of helium is the same USA, which in the middle of the last century built a strategic storage facility in Texas and formed an impressive stock of it. But in the near future, everything may change.

Firstly, in 2023, the Americans intend to arrange the last sale of helium, since the reserves of the aforementioned storage facility are not endless. Secondly, already in 2024, our Amur GPP will reach full capacity, where the largest helium production will operate. The American press is already claiming that Russia may seize control of the global helium market. It should be noted that these concerns are not far from the truth.

The fact is that our country, like the United States in its time, intends to create its own storage of valuable gas, pumping it back into the ground. At the same time, the size of the Russian storage facility will many times exceed the country's needs for helium.

The possession of such reserves will allow our country to directly influence the market of this valuable raw material, arranging a "sale" in the event of a danger of the appearance of large competitors.

Finally, it should be added that in the future, the demand for helium, as well as the market price for this gas, may continue to grow. Indeed, to the aforementioned industries where this gas is used, another one can be added - the construction of airships.

Due to its high carrying capacity and absolute "environmental friendliness", this air transport could be widely used. At the same time, helium, unlike hydrogen, is not explosive, which excludes a repetition of the tragedy that occurred in 1937 with the German airship "Hindenburg".

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  1. Dima Dima_2 Offline Dima Dima_2
    Dima Dima_2 (Dima Dima) 4 May 2021 13: 27
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    Building airships is cool)
  2. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 4 May 2021 14: 38
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    Wah! What a breakthrough could be!
    Helium will rise in price greatly, so it is necessary to build airships from it. And it was cheap - nobody needed nifiga.
    Since the times of the USSR, everyone predicted to build airships, both under Boris and with GDP, but it did not work out - helium was probably cheap.

    And now - don't breathe helium from the balloons, (very strange advice), save money, and that's it ... a breakthrough ... in China ...
  3. gorenina91 Offline gorenina91
    gorenina91 (Irina) 4 May 2021 18: 56
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    Russia may seize control of the global helium market

    - No, it won't work ...
    - Russia does not want to excel in anything (unlike the USSR) ... - and it cannot (due to its backwardness) ... - Russia in everything seeks to imitate and trail behind everything ... - and from time to time just compose some (very uncomplicated and very simple) stories ... - about "miracle weapons", about some "technical discoveries", about a "scientific breakthrough" in something ... - But in real life ... - Russia simply uses the developments inherited from the USSR .... - uses the "grandmother's dowry" ... - Well, at least from the grandmother she got not fake handicrafts (which are widely used today); and real heirlooms and brullikas at a crazy price ... - Russia is still squandering them ... but it never managed to create anything of its own ...
    - So ... - no primacy in the production of helium threatens Russia ... - That's when the Americans, Chinese, Western Europeans will be honored ... - they will move and start doing something in this direction ... - That's when Russia after them, it will reach out and start blowing helium bubbles ... - only this way and not earlier ...
    - This is not the USSR; who was the first to send both satellites and his cosmonaut into Space ...
    - So we will wait for the go-ahead from the West and ... and ... and. let's start blowing bubbles ... - that is, helium balloons ...