Saskatchewan will soon be home to the largest helium purification operation in Canada. The new facility will be constructed by North American Helium Inc. (NAH) near Battle Creek, Saskatchewan. It is expected to be in-service by July, 2021, with construction starting in October, 2020.
“Helium production in Saskatchewan is set to take off,” Energy and Resources Minister Bronwyn Eyre said. “The building of this purification facility by North American Helium will enable the province to scale helium production and important export capacity. In Saskatchewan’s Plan for Growth, we committed to developing this industry and have implemented strong policies to support new investment just like this.”
“We are fortunate to be operating in a jurisdiction with a supportive regulatory structure, favorable geology for helium production and a skilled workforce,” North American Helium's Chairman and CEO Nicholas Snyder said. “The government has shown a commitment to the development of this industry in Saskatchewan, which will contribute new production needed to replace depleting natural-gas-linked helium sources in North America. Our Battle Creek project demonstrates that reliable long-term production of helium can be created from non-hydrocarbon sources, which means a smaller environmental footprint while still benefiting from the expertise developed in Saskatchewan's oil service industry.”
“This project will bring new jobs and economic growth to the southwest region, a part of Saskatchewan that prides itself on resource development and economic growth,” Cypress Hills MLA and Legislative Secretary for Energy and Resources Doug Steele said. “The construction of this plant in the Battle Creek area signals the world-class investment climate Saskatchewan offers and we acknowledge North American Helium for their significant work in the region.”
“We are fortunate to be operating in a jurisdiction with a
supportive regulatory structure, favorable geology for helium
production and a skilled workforce."
- Nicholas Snyder, Chairman and CEO, North American Helium