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Satellite Communications Problem 
The BLM is reporting problems with the satellite data collection system. The issues are failing communications and data transfers which directly impact the web based reporting system. Incomplete data sets prevent new reports from being posted. The outage started around April 7, and has not yet been corrected. The BLM is working with their satellite contractor, and has called technicians on-site to make repairs and take corrective action. In the interim, the BLM is sending out pipeline reports via e-mail to assist customers/contract holders with managing their pipeline activities. We apologize for any inconvenience this may be is causing.

Central Compression Project
The BLM has investigated recent damage to the electrical system on the new central compression project. It appears from initial findings that a lightning strike happened last week, concurrent with the plant shutdown. The lighting hit within 10 kilometers (6 miles) of the plant, and traveled back through the transmission system, damaging the surge suppression system and motor control center. Additional testing is underway to determine the full extent of the damage. 

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First Federal Helium Auction Generates Over $14 Million for US Treasury
Amarillo, Texas -- July 30, 2014 -- The Bureau of Land Management conducted the first auction of federal helium under the terms of the recently enacted Helium Stewardship Act. A total of 92 Mmcf from the Federal Helium Reserve near Amarillo was sold, representing 10 percent of the total volume BLM will make available from the Reserve in Fiscal Year 2015. The helium was sold in 12 lots ranging from five to 10 MMcf, with bids ranging from $130 to $180 per Mcf, generating a total of $14,972,568 in revenue.

Annual Plant Service Outage

March 12, 2015 – The BLM is planning to perform final commissioning of the new compression to feed the CHEU on Thursday, March 12, 2015.  The BLM is going to attempt to keep the plant running after completing required testing.  It is possible that we could potentially have a plant outage from implementing this process.

March 8, 2015 – The BLM is reporting the CHEU went down due to an electrical issue on Sunday, March 8 at around 7:30pm.  The BLM is in the process of getting the plant up to full production.  This should be accomplished by 8:00pm on March 9.

Last Outage Report July 28 - August 19 – The BLM has experienced the longest scheduled outage for the Crude Helium Enrichment Unit (CHEU) to date.  The plant was out of production for 23 days.

The next potential outage is July 20, 2015, for annual plant scheduled maintenance.

Storage & Pipeline Operations

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Helium Storage Contract - Reference 2011
Storage Fees

Crude Helium Auctions & Sales

Crude Helium Price
Methodology for Calculating Helium Price
2014 Auction Results/Tally
2014 Conservation Helium Sales Results
2014 Conservation Helium Sales Results, Phase A Part B
2015 Conservation Helium Sales Results
2016 Advance Conservation Helium Sales Results

2014 Refiner Estimated Excess Capacity
2015 Refiner Estimated Excess Capacity

Sales Fees


In-Kind Helium Registration
In-Kind Sales Contract

In-Kind Draft MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)
Authorized List of Federal Helium Suppliers
In-Kind Fees

Helium Stewardship Act Transparency

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The Helium Stewardship Act requires BLM to make specific information about ongoing operations and maintenance of the Federal Helium Reserve readily available to the public.  Click here for a complete listing.


Document & Report Library

Helium Stewardship Act Implementation Forms and Notices
Statistical Reports/Operations Summaries Archive (2008 - present)
Crude Helium IFO Archive (2003 - present)
Crude Helium Sales Archive (2005 - present)
Historical Architectural Engineering Report (HAER) for Amarillo and Exell Plants


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Inquiries about helium operations may be directed to Sam Burton, Assistant Field Manager for Helium Operations, (806) 356-1025.

Helium Auction, Federal Helium Reserve, Amarillo TX, June 30,2014
Helium Auction, Federal Helium Reserve, Amarillo TX, June 30,2014

Bush Dome Helium Reservoir: Annual Helium Conference, July 31, 2014