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Helium.....Again

Discussion in 'Technical Diving Specialties' started by Jared0425, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. Jared0425

    Jared0425 Public Safety Diver

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    Most of our normal suppliers don't have any Helium in store. Most welding shops in the area are critically low and suppliers are saying they are back ordered to February. I heard some of you guys in the west are completely out.

    Anyone know what's going on? Its seems that balloon suppliers are still getting stuff while we divers who use it have to scrounge around pay up the rear for it.
     
  2. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    BLM finished auctioning off the strategic helium reserve and qatar still has issues with its neighbors. Medical keeps using more and more. classic case of decreased supply and increasing demand.
     
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  3. loosenit2

    loosenit2 Solo Diver

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    I wonder if rebreather sales are going up with the helium costs and shortages?
     
  4. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @Jared0425 the balloon suppliers are getting very low grade stuff with much less helium than they used to. Party City I think was the one that actually closed a bunch of their stores because of helium.
    Hospitals still get their heliox, but I've been told up to a 6month lead time from my supplier with prices triple what they were this time last year.
     
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  5. Tassi Devil Diver

    Tassi Devil Diver Barracuda

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    seems to be no problems getting He here in Australia, the price for a G cylinder here dropped about 20% a little while ago.
     
  6. Pao

    Pao Manta Ray

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    MRI machines are eating up most of the supply.
     
  7. Griffo

    Griffo DIR Practitioner

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    We've got a small production facility in Darwin (I think). But i was pretty sure 100% of it's production was contracted to the Chinese.. maybe they've scaled back on their purchase contract. A real shame we throw most of our Helium away.
     
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  8. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    problem is most NG wells have too low a fraction of helium to be economical for a capture facility even at current prices
     
  9. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    I have no problem getting 5.0 and the price has not changed in Key West.
     
  10. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    the trade war is likely to decrease semiconductor demand for computers/phones/tablets etc, so that should help a little
     

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