Royal Helium inaugurates helium purification facility

Andrew Davidson, CEO, Speaking at the Steveville Helium Facility Inauguration Event (CNW Group/Royal Helium Ltd.)

Saskatoon-based Royal Helium Ltd. celebrated the inauguration of its Steveville Helium Purification Facility on Dec. 16 in Princess, located northeast of Brooks, Alta. The event was attended by Premier Danielle Smith (MLA Brooks-Medicine Hat), John Petrie, Mayor of Brooks and Arno Doerksen, Reeve, Newell County.

“We thank Premier Smith, and all the local officials, dignitaries and members of the community who joined the Royal Helium team in the inauguration and tour of the one-of-a-kind Steveville Helium Facility. The facility, now in operation, is an impressive piece of engineering and provides the lowest carbon footprint amongst any of its peers globally. Royal, while finalizing trailer fill for its first deliveries, is also in discussions for additional offtake commitments for upcoming projects in 2024,” said Royal’s president and CEO, Andrew Davidson.

Royal Helium announced on Nov. 7 that it has begun loading purified helium ready for delivery at the Steveville facility. The purified helium from Steveville will head to an unnamed “major North American aerospace customer” with a contract to purchase Steveville facility volumes for several years. The contract was first announced in August 2022. Royal also signed a second sales agreement for helium from Steveville in May 2023 with a private North American corporation.

Royal Helium controls over 1,000,000 acres of prospective helium permits and leases across southern Saskatchewan and southeastern Alberta.

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