Electronic Fluorocarbons (EFC) has responded to the U.S. Geological Survey’s Request for Comments on Helium Supply Risk. EFC provides insight into the challenges and opportunities for investment within the domestic helium supply chain. It is noted that there have been four periods of global helium supply shortages in the past 17 years and that North America (predominantly U.S.) accounts for approximately 47% of the world’s helium capacity. With foreign entities like Qatar and Algeria accounting for 43% of global helium supply, there is a risk of supply chain disruption due to geopolitical factors. It is recommended that the U.S. government policies should be supportive of the development of increased and new domestic helium supply.
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