Aiming to Deliver a Minimum of 1 Trillion Cubic Feet (Tcf) of Gas Via Exploration and Development

From Rockets to MRIs - A Multi-Use Gas in Short Supply

Royal Helium Ltd. Profile



Worldwide usable Helium is in short supply as demand is increasing, making it a high-priced commodity

Government of Saskatchewan Helium Action Plan

  • Objective: supply 10% of the global helium market share by 2030
  • Become a world leader in helium production and export
  • Increase production through an additional 150-plus dedicated helium wells
  • Building up to 15 helium purification and liquefaction facilities
  • Generate annual helium exports worth more than $500 million

Royal Helium aims to deliver a minimum of 1 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of total inert gas into the market Via exploration and development of their entire land package in southern Saskatchewan in a combination of helium, nitrogen and some CO2

Considerable underground reserves are located in Saskatchewan.

  • The province's unique geology enables extraction of helium from dedicated wells that yield high concentrations of the commodity but generate a low greenhouse gas emissions profile
  • up to 99 per cent less carbon intensive than in other jurisdictions.

Royal Helium has a Discovery of one well have achieved almost half of their stated goal, 500, billion cubic feet of inert gas

  • Not a reserve or resource, an initial very large discovery

Drill Stem Tests 120 Meters at Climax-4

Two additional production wells at Climax are being licensed and permitted

2021 Program Summary:

Strategy of full-cycle inert gas capture, refining and liquefaction

Royal will immediately begin drilling and exploration programs focused on accelerating the growth of the Company's helium resources.

The Company is currently budgeting for 7 new wells.

  • Drill Climax-4 to target the discovery from Climax-3
  • Resumption of production testing at Climax-2 and Climax-3
  • Continue production planning and facility design for Climax-1, 2 and 3
  • Drill 6 new wells in SE Saskatchewan across three separate project areas.

Nov 2021: Ogema Block: SE Saskatchewan

  • Ogema is the first helium specific drilling program to ever be conducted in southeastern Saskatchewan
    • Some of the highest historic helium gas shows tested in the province.
  • #First helium well on the Ogema block which is scheduled to spud on November 1st. 
  • Once Ogema-1 drilling is completed, the rig will move to Ogema-2

Saskatchewan is one of the only places on earth with current and past production of primary Helium

·         Helium:

  • Scarce: Dwindling supply combined with growing demand
  • Helium prices have been rising due to a shortage of supply

·    Technical Partners:

  • Saskatchewan Research Council (“SRC”): Conducting engineering and scoping study for a large-scale industrial gas polygeneration facility located in Saskatchewan with RHC
  • AXIOM Group: Specialize in Energy Services,  Geomatics,  Exploration, Environment
  • SPROULE Associates Ltd: consulting on the completions and testing programs and to prepare an independent evaluation of the prospective helium resource from the first three wells at Climax, in accordance with the classification, definitions and guidelines of NI 51-101.

Helium Uses:


Helium is a non-substitutable and non-renewable commodity needed in many high-tech and health care industries, with specific applications in rocket engines, semiconductors, electronics, and health care.

  • As these sectors continue to expand, the demand for helium expands in concert.

  •  High value and increasing Helium price
  • Large and growing demand
    Decreasing supply
  • Non-substitutable


Royal Helium

  • Strategy of full-cycle inert gas capture, refining and liquefaction

Climax -3 Discovery and Helium-in-Place

At the Climax -3 well, Royal has discovered economic grades of helium over a contiguous 39 metre zone in the basal Deadwood Regolith zone.

The internal estimates of helium resource-in-place are:

  • High: 6 Bcf of helium for the Prospective Area, comprised of 0.5 Bcf of helium per square mile
  • Low: 2.5 Bcf of helium for the Prospective Area, comprised of 0.2 Bcf of helium per square mile

Completed and production tested in sequence, the zone returned gas analyses including the following:

  • Helium: 0.55 – 0.65%
  • Nitrogen: 71.97 – 95.95%
  • Hydrogen: 0.02 – 14.97%
  • Methane: 0.02 – 40.00%

Mobile, membrane separation facilities: First stage of production

2nd Stage: permanent membrane separation facility

3rd  Stage: Permanent poly-generation facility that makes products from the CO2 and the N2 gases

3rd or 4th stage: liquefaction facilities allowing full downstream transportation and worldwide export.

  • Sell products both direct to customer and wholesale to re-sellers

Largest Helium Lease Holders in N. America

  • 4,000 square km of prospective helium lands across southern Saskatchewan
  •          572 sections of land in Saskatchewan

Southern Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan has a history of current and historic primary helium production. It is one of the few places on the planet where helium is produced with nitrogen rather than hydrocarbons. Saskatchewan has the potential to replace supply that is leaving the market

▪High helium concentrations

▪Stable regulatory environment

▪Geopolitically favorable especially associated with production and export of critical commodities

▪Existing infrastructure, information and personnel from a long history of oil and gas exploration and production


Royal Helium’s initial focus begins in two areas, Climax and Bengough, identified using a combination of seismic data, well logs and aeromagnetic surveys that narrowed down prospective areas to locate the source rocks for the helium enrichment (where the helium could be trapped and accumulated)

Royal Helium’s goal is to prove-up to 30 structures, targeting between 1.0 to 2.0 Tcf (Trillion cubic feet) of raw inert gas grading at least 1% Helium

  • Single well costs around CAD$1.5 million with pay back in less than 1 year

Exploration Parcel #1 – CLIMAX

Royal Helium Ltd.'s Climax-1 helium exploration well drilled to target depth of 2,600m

Royal Helium Ltd. has successfully drilled Climax-2 to a total depth of 2,611m

  • Selected target completion intervals for both the Climax-1 and Climax-2 helium exploration wells. (potential helium-bearing zones)

-          The Climax-3 drilling nearing target depth

Completion and testing of Climax-1 and Climax-2 involves the sequential perforation and production testing of approximately 70 metres of potential helium-bearing zones at Climax-1 and approximately 68 metres of potential helium-bearing zones at Climax-2, both spanning multiple structural zones.

Consistent with Climax-1, the Climax-2 well was drilled into the Precambrian basement at the base of the Deadwood formation. The Deadwood is a sand and shale sequence that is known to produce helium in Saskatchewan. These first three wells are targeting different parts of the same large structural trap identified on the central portion of the Climax land block.

The seven drill targets at Climax were identified in late 2019 after the company first reprocessed 77.6 km of 2D seismic in conjunction with historic well logs and delineated a basement structure of ~3,094 hectares of four-way structural closure.

Another 17,676 hectares of helium permits (100% crown) located immediately west of its Climax property were then granted in November 2019.

To further define the possible inert gas/helium bearing formations and refine company target wells, a deep, detailed aeromagnetic survey was flown over the Climax central structure in May.

Exploration parcel #2: Bengough

  • South-Central Saskatchewan with Five Target Wells
    Comprise roughly 50% of the total land holding

Royal has reprocessed 50.36 square km of 3-D seismic, which was acquired in 2017. The re-interpretation was completed to gain an understanding of regional basement structures and to identify potential drill targets. The 3D seismic shows a large regional feature with multiple closures.

-          Five (5) of these closures have been identified as initial drill targets and will be subject to further detailed investigation, including an airborne magnetometer survey.

Royal believes that the Bengough basement structure is part of a larger regional basement structural trend extending at least 60 miles north from the US border and passing through three of Royal's Focus Areas.

-          Along this trend, historic helium tests have ranged from 0.70% to 0.78% at Minton, 1.39% to 1.41% at Bengough, and 0.48% to 2.45% at Ogema/Ogema North.

Royals southeast Saskatchewan lands, which comprise roughly 50% of the total land holding, show the potential for robust helium occurrences. With the strategy of full-cycle inert gas capture, refining and liquefaction, it is crucial to develop a large number of derisked drill targets throughout the Company's significant land package.  

-          The initial five targets identified at Bengough is an exciting first step in the southeast, growing the initial target inventory to 12 when combined with the seven targets on the Climax project in southwestern Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan Research Council

The SRC is Canada's second-largest research and technology organization. With more than 290 employees, $91-million in annual revenue and nearly 75 years of experience, SRC provides services and products to its 1,500 clients in 27 countries around the world.

  •          Commenced Engineering Study for a Helium Polygeneration Facility in Saskatchewan
  •          The results of this initial engineering and economic study due Dec. 2020

Royal Helium Ltd. has initiated the engineering and scoping study for a large-scale industrial gas polygeneration facility located in Saskatchewan, which will be conducted by the Saskatchewan Research Council

-        The study is Royal's first step in determining the economic potential of a large-scale facility for the separation and monetization of the gas streams associated with helium production wells in Saskatchewan.

Royal is reviewing whether there is an opportunity to monetize the complete gas stream. Current economic analysis does not include credits for other potentially commercial gases produced and processed. While the economics of helium production are significant on their own, the impact of the commercialization of other gases could substantially add to net cash flow.

Last changed at 15-Nov-2021 05:28PM by AGORACOM