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Federal Helium Operations

News & Alerts

The Bureau of Land Management is performing a study on the Crude Helium Enrichment Unit.  The study will take place during the week of February 29th thru March 4th.  Due to the study, the helium production will be lower and will probably lead to some pipeline pressure loss.  There is a possibility that during the lowering of the flow through the CHEU, the plant could go down.

2016 Storage Contract

Web reporting
The web reporting issues were corrected and reporting commenced on November 24, 2015 when a new computer was installed for this operation in the engineering section.  Thank you for your patience as the BLM worked through this issue.

FY16 Helium Auction Yields $28.54 Million
The Bureau of Land Management conducted its second annual auction of Federal helium at the Amarillo Field Office, under the terms of the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013. A total of 300 MMcf from the Federal Helium Reserve near Amarillo was offered in 18 lots ranging from 5-25 MMcf. Bids ranged from $100 to $106 per Mcf, generating a total of $28,545,000 in revenue. 

Central Compression Project
The BLM has repaired the lightning damage to the surge suppression system of the central compressor. The compressor had been restarted and is able to provide gas. Work continues with the Cliffside Refiners Limited Partnership (CRLP) to integrate the new compressor with the existing plant. The intent is to have the compressor integrated by the plant turn around in October 2016.

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Annual Plant Service Outage - October 15-30, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management is planning to make significant modifications to the CHEU equipment and the BLM Central Compressor (commissioned March 12, 2015).  This activity may require an extended outage of two weeks.  Other concurrent projects include an aboveground header installation, removal of undersized pressure restricting piping, and the integration of the new DCS to the BLM central compressor.   These tuning and integration activities are in addition to the regular plant maintenance activities.

Cliffside Plant Shutdown Status

Status updates for the most recent unscheduled Cliffside Plant shutdown are posted below. If the list is empty there are no updates.

20160525_1515_Cliffside_Gas_Plant_Status_Report.pdf92 Kb05/25/2016
20160525_0730_Cliffside_Gas_Plant_Status_Report.pdf93 Kb05/25/2016
20160524_1530_Cliffside_Gas_Plant_Status_Report.pdf94 Kb05/25/2016
20160524_0800_Cliffside_Gas_Plant_Status_Report.pdf93 Kb05/25/2016

Storage & Pipeline Operations

Pipeline Activity (updated daily)
Until repairs are completed to the network system that provides Cliffside information for the pipeline map, the pipeline maps will not be issued on weekends or every other Friday beginning with January 29, 2016.  An estimated time for daily maps to reappear is mid-March 2016.

      Pipeline Activity Map:   Today  |  Yesterday 
      Pipeline Pressure Trend:  Today  |  Yesterday

How to Establish a Storage Contract and Pipeline Connection Point
Helium Storage Contract - Reference 2011
2016 Storage Contract
Storage Fees

Crude Helium Auctions & Sales

Crude Helium Price
Methodology for Calculating Helium Price
2014 Auction Results/Tally
2015 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
2016 Conservation Helium Sales Results

2014 Refiner Estimated Excess Capacity
2015 Refiner Estimated Excess Capacity
2016 Refiner Estimate 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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Helium Stewardship Act (PDF)

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, August 26, 2015

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