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Industry Forced to Allocate as Helium Supply Tightens

8:58 AM MDT | September 14, 2012 | —Lindsay Frost

Helium supply has become tight in the last 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 coproduct 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 is going to...

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