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Bureau of Mines / Minerals yearbook: Metals and minerals 1978-79
Year 1978-79, Volume 1 (1978-1979)

Foster, Russell J.
Helium,   pp. 423-431 ff. PDF (914.8 KB)


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MINERALS YEARBOOK, 1978-79 
have expressed a desire to cooperate with put into production was Wyoming's
Table the Bureau in the possible recovery of Rock field in December 1977
by Colorado helium. The first nondepleting reserve to be Interstate Gas Co.
Table 1.—Helium extracted from natural gas in the United States
(Thousand cubic feet) 
 1975 1976 1977 1978 l979~ 
Crude helium:1 
 Extracted at Bureau of Mines plants 183,725 195,758 r118,760 77,301 108,946
 Extracted at private industry plants 149,794 391,553 419,228 471,226 501,648
 Total 333,519 587,311 T537,988 548,527 610,594 
High purity helium:2 
 Extracted at Bureau of Mines plants 184,524 177,677 219,495 221,101 235,597
 Extracted at private industry plants° 560,899 r630 805 r727,558
779,434
826,722  Total 745,423 r808482 r947,053 1,000,535 1,062,319  Grand total
1,078,942 r1,395,793 p1,485,041 1,549,062 1,672,913 
"Preliminary. rRevised. 
' Excludescrude helium purified after interplant transfer. 
 2lncludes only those quantities produced for sale; quantities entering conservation
storage system after purification are included under crude helium. 
 3lncludes helium purified at the Bureau of Mines Keyes plant for the accounts
of others, as follows, in thousand cubic 
feet:T 1975—39,396; 1976—130,356; 1977—204,948;
1978—229,512;
and 1979—222,320. 
Table 2.—~Ownership and location of helium extraction plants in
the
United States, 
1978-79 
Category and owner or operator 
Location 
Product purity 
Government owned: 
Bureau of Mines                            
Exell,Tex            
Crude and high purity helium. 
 Do                                 Private industry: 
Alamo Chemical Co-Gardner Cryogenics Corp       
Cities Service Cryogenics, Inc                   
CitiesServiceHelex,Inc                      
Keyes, Okla          
Elkhart, Kans         
Scott City, Kans       
Ulysses,Kans         
Do. 
High purity helium. 
Crude helium.1 
Crudeandhighpurity helium. 
Kansas Refined Helium Co                     
NorthernHelexCo                         
PhilhipsPetroleumCo                        
Union Carbide Corp., Linde Div                 
WeaternHelium Co.2                         
Otis, Kans           
Bushton,Kans        
HansfordCounty,Tex -- 
Bushton,Kans        
Shiprock, N. Mex      
High purity helium. Crudehelium. 
Do. 
High purityhelium. 
Do. 
1Output is piped to Cities Service Helex, Inc., plant at Uly 
2Plant closed in 1978. 
sses, Kans., for purification. 


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