Royal Helium gears up for production at Steveville helium processing facility

August 22, 2023 Via Gasworld

Royal Helium is one step closer to starting up its Steveville helium processing facility, having confirmed that all the component modules are now on site and both the 12-12 and 10-22 helium wells are tied in.

The mechanical, electrical and instrumentation contractors have been on site since mid-June installing and tying in components as they arrived. With the final two components arriving last week, Royal Helium is entering the final assembly phase and preliminary commissioning.

It was in June (2023) that Royal Helium said that it had started shipping the initial modules of its Steveville helium processing facility to the site as it prepares for first production in the coming months.

Once operational, The Steveville plant will process 15,000,000 cubic feet/day of raw gas fed by the two 100% owned helium wells at Steveville, Alberta and produce 22,000 mcf of 99.999% helium per year.

Andrew Davidson, President and CEO of Royal Helium, said he is pleased with the process that brings the company one step closer to being the first Canadian public helium producer.

He continued, “Having the full facility onsite is a major milestone and is a definitive message to all stakeholders and shareholders that this new industry in the Brooks region is now here and is only the beginning of Alberta’s helium future.”

“Plant operations personnel and services have been organised as we complete the final installation over the coming weeks, concurrent with commissioning, to be followed by full-scale production.”

The engineered life of the plant is 25 years, while both wells are expected to remain on stream for a minimum of nine years. The plant will also produce enough fuel gas to power the plant and up to 22,000,000 pounds of commercial CO2.

Royal Helium has selected Vise Energy Services as the lead mechanical contractor and Medallion Energy Services as lead electrical and instrumentation contractor.