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New Drilling Activity Begins in Tanzania’s North Rukwa Helium Project

Drilling begins at North Rukwa's Helium Project in Tanzania

Noble Helium Limited recently announced it has initiated a new drilling activity at Mbelele-1, located within the North Rukwa Helium Project in Tanzania.

The company is using specialized equipment known as Marriott Rig #16 for this operation.

Justyn Wood, the CEO and Co-Founder of Noble Helium expressed enthusiasm about the project, stating: “This new drilling activity is a collaborative achievement of our team, our partners, local workers, and the Tanzanian government. It marks a significant milestone for our company.”

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He added, “Historically, 14 similar drilling operations in the East African Rift System region have all led to successful discoveries. We’re applying this proven approach to search for helium, a valuable and essential gas. Successfully extracting helium from this site could elevate both Noble Helium and Tanzania as major contributors to the global helium supply, a gas with diverse and critical applications.”

The Rukwa Helium Project

Rukwa is a large-scale, high-grade, primary helium project covering an area of approximately 3,590 km2 in southwestern Tanzania with the potential to become a strategic asset in resolving a supply-constrained market.  

The North Rukwa project boasts a potential helium resource of 176 billion cubic feet, making this the largest known primary helium resource in the world, and positioning this Tanzanian region as a potential major source of helium on the global stage.

Helium is indispensable in various applications, from MRI machines in hospitals to components in electronics and space missions.

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