After six months of integration in Sassenage’ workshops, the helium liquefier of the RHEA (Ras Laffan Helium Air Liquide) project is hitting the road to reach the purification and liquefaction helium plant at the site of Ras Laffan, Qatar. The teams of Air Liquide Advanced Technologies has once again demonstrated their expertise and know-how by designing and manufacturing the largest helium liquefier in the world ever made to that date and this, in the time limit set by the customer (RasGas). The liquefier will reach its destination around mid-February, after a long journey, to be integrated into the entire unit RHEA. The teams of Air Liquide Engineering, responsible for the purification element of the plant, will then follow the installation for Air Liquide Advanced Technologies, with the technical support of its teams. After a phase of start-up and testing, the first drops of helium should be produced late 2012, early 2013.
RHEA in figures, this is: