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Helium Supply Tightens, Industry Puts Customers on Allocation

1:58 PM MDT | August 21, 2012 | Lindsay Frost

Helium supply has become tight in the past few months and major suppliers are expressing concern as supply dwindles in the location where it is most abundant—the U.S. “Companies have put customers on 70%-80% allocation because of problems with pipeline infrastructure. Also, less natural gas is going into processing,” says Bala Suresh, senior consultant with IHS Chemical. Helium is a co-product of natural gas production. “The amount of helium that can be purified is also down. As long as the pipeline has mechanical problems, the allocation...

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