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Helium (He) is a colourless, odourless, non-toxic, non-corrosive and non-combustible gas. It is mainly sourced from natural gas wells. This valuable gas is in short supply the world over, which is why many applications incorporate recovery and recycling systems.
With the lowest boiling point of any gas (4.2 Kelvin or –269° Celsius), liquid helium is the coldest matter on Earth. This makes it ideal as a cryogenic agent for a number of cutting-edge medical and physics applications. For instance, it is used to cool superconductive magnetic coils in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) medical equipment.
In fact, helium is indispensable across a wide range of industries. For example, it is used to pressurise rocket fuel; create inert atmospheres for welding, heat treatment and epitaxial crystal growth; purge semiconductor atmospheres; calibrate analytical instruments; inflate airplane tyres and airbags; test for leaks; inflate large balloons for meteorological studies; and fill electronic tubes in neon signs.
It also combines with oxygen to create breathing gas mixtures for divers. The non-flammable, low-density properties of helium make it a safe choice for the entertainment industry, where it is used to inflate balloons at parties and special events.
Reliable Supply Network
We operate one of the world’s largest helium plants in Otis, Kansas, and several other facilities around the world including Algeria, Qatar and Australia. Over 50 helium transfill facilities located in all major helium markets around the globe give us the infrastructure and reach to meet your supply needs.
Depending on your volume requirements, we can supply helium in special insulated ISO containers, tube trailers, dewars, multi-cylinder packs (MCPs), regular cylinders or portable cylinders.