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
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 is working closely with contractors to resolve lightning damage to the surge suppression system of the central compressor. The compressor had been running in recycle mode but is currently off-line until this problem is resolved. 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 2015.
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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.
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
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
In-Kind Helium Registration
In-Kind Sales Contract
In-Kind Draft MOU (Memorandum of Understanding)
Authorized List of Federal Helium Suppliers
Helium Stewardship Act Transparency
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