The World is in the Midst of a Helium Shortage

The World is in the Midst of a Helium Shortage

Imperial Helium is securing helium to meet the growing supply crisis for this irreplaceable commodity.

Imperial Helium is securing helium to meet the growing supply crisis.

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Why Helium?


Semiconductors….. Helium, a gas critical to their manufacturing, is experiencing a supply squeeze that can’t be remedied without new exploration and development.” 1) 21-05-13

“Helium Supplies Endangered, Threatening Science And Technology.
In America, helium is running out of gas….supplies are expected to be depleted there within the next eight years.” 2) 08-01-08

“Global Helium Market Report 2021: Market is Forecasted to Reach $18.18 Billion in 2025, growing at a CAGR of 11.15%.” 3)  21-04-19

“Amazon, Google and Netflix are Fighting Over This Rare Gas.” 4) 21-04-28

“The worldwide helium shortage affects everything from MRIs to rockets.” 5) 19-06-21

  • The Helium Crisis Is Worldwide, between semiconductors and MRI machines alone you can see why demand for helium has never been higher than it is today.
  • Global demand for helium reached 6.3 billion cubic feet (Bcf)/year in 2018.
  • There is a pressing need to expand helium production within North America, and more specifically, Canada.
  • North American consumption accounts for 60% of documented global consumption.
  • Much of the world’s helium is currently produced in geopolitically unfavorable regions.
  • While abundant in our universe, helium is rarely found in economically viable quantities on Earth.
  • The trillion dollar tech companies Google, Netflix and Amazon have been buying massive quantities of it for their data centers.
  • Helium is critical to manufacturing semiconductors, which do the computing, storage, and communication functions in most all electronic products.

6 Reasons to add Imperial Helium to your portfolio

Best in class partners to mitigate risk and increase efficiency of shareholder capital.

Helium is a unique commodity, vital for the modern world.

Helium is an in-demand product that has limited global supply and availability (the end of U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) sales has removed ~25% of global supply).

Imperial Helium has aligned with best in class alliance partners to capture the value chain.

Imperial Helium has set up its assets to monetize by partnering with commercial gas buyers ready to take it to market.

CNBC, Bloomberg and Yahoo are all saying that the helium shortage crisis is real and the way to benefit is with junior explorers such as Imperial Helium

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What is Helium?

Inert (Noble Gas)

Helium is a noble gas. It will not react or explode, making it highly valuable for creating pure, non-reactive environments for manufacturing and research.

Non Toxic

Very low health, safety, security, and environmental risks to humans, plants, and animals.

Gaseous above -272° C

In many applications, helium is the best suited element for super-cooling, super-fluidity, and super-conductivity.

Smallest Molecule

As the smallest of the noble gases, helium is widely used for leak detection.

Why Helium is Crucial in Our Everyday Lives

  • Helium is a rare high-value commodity that is sometimes co-produced with hydrocarbons.
    While abundant in our universe, helium is rarely found in economically viable quantities on Earth.
  • Helium has the lowest melting point of all the elements.
  • Liquid helium is used for cooling everything from magnets in MRI machines and ventilator machines to supercomputers and data centers.
  • About 30% of the world’s helium supply goes into MRI scanners and ventilators, while another 20% of the world’s helium supply goes into the manufacture of hard disks and semiconductors.

The Helium Market

Global Helium Market Report 2021: Market is Forecasted to Reach $18.18 Billion in 2025, Growing at a CAGR of 11.15% 6) 21-06-19

Global demand for helium reached 6.3 billion cubic feet (Bcf) / year in 2018.

With the 2018 cessation of Helium sales by the U.S. BLM, the global helium market is expected to experience a prolonged deficit.

With the Helium shortage soon to be a big issue that the average person will know about… The smart play is to make a move into Imperial Helium (TSX-V: IHC – OTC: IMPHF)

The Price of Helium

The price of helium has seen a rapid expansion in both spot public auctions and longer term negotiated private contracts.

This was caused by the reduction of BLM sales following the mandated sell down to strategic reserve levels.
Short supply and big demand = smart play

Global Supply Chain

North American consumption accounts for 60% of documented global consumption.

Steveville Asset Highlights

  • Historic discovery with over-looked Helium
  • 1940 blowout well later tested at 6MMCFD
  • Multiple re-enterable wellbores, ~24,500 Hectare area / 95 square miles
  • Recovery factor ~85%, Helium ~0.43%

HC Steveville-1 is the first of two appraisal wells on the 1940’s historic discovery of the Steveville structure.

Steveville structure is confirmed by 3 other wells. None were production tested because the reservoir was already confirmed to contain 3.5% methane, 0.43% helium, 8% carbon-dioxide, and the balance being nitrogen.

Imperial Operations and Licenses:

  • 3D Seismic acquisition on Steveville
  • Drilled and production tested IHC-Steveville-1 and IHC-Steveville-2. 
  • Environmental, Historical, EPZ, HSE complete

Steveville Appraisal Well

IHC Well 1

Developing Helium Where it Has Already Been Found

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Imperial Helium (TSX-V: IHC) is led by a management team with over 80 years of combined experience in the Western Canadian energy industry.

Imperial Helium plans to develop low-value natural-gas assets in Alberta and British Columbia for their higher value helium content.

Well Data:

  • Total wells in AB / BC is 645,431
  • Total wells with gas analysis is 189,154
  • Total wells with ≥0.5% helium is 1,984 (red dots)

The Plan

Imperial Helium’s plan is to expedite acquisition, production testing, resource certification, and monetization of Helium resources. 

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Company Info

"Imperial Helium has a lower risk, two fold strategy. One part is exploration. The other is securing and re-drilling assets in areas of previous helium discoveries, starting with the Steveville in southern Alberta."

David Johnson CEO

Capital Structure

Cash as at September 30th, 2021: $6.60m

Imperial Helium is a publicly traded company on the TSXV under the ticker IHC.

Below is a view of our capital structure upon listing. Please note these are subject to change.

  • Share Price (October 12, 2021) $0.205
  • Basic Shares* 85,505,451
  • Basic Market Capitalization $17.95m
  • Performance Milestone Shares (non-vested) 14,000,000
  • Options ($0.25) 5,950,000
  • Warrants ($0.365 weighted average strike price) 31,353,734
  • Broker Common Shares ($0.25 strike) 2,878,000

    Dilutionary Positions

  • Fully Diluted Shares Outstanding** 139,687,185
  • Fully Diluted Market Capitalization** 29.34m
  • Dilutive Proceeds 13.67m
  • Insider Ownership (basic)* 8.42%
  • Insider Ownership (fully-diluted)* 19.56%

* 13,888,000 shares issued in the seed financing are subject to a 6-month hold period from go public listing date and 6,091,834 common shares are subject to escrow restrictions. ** FD Shares Outstanding and FD Market Cap fully burdened by Performance milestones shares. Performance milestones include (i) completion of drilling and testing (3,000,000) (ii) completion 3rd party resource report certification (3,000,000) (iii) first production (8,000,000)


Dr. David Johnson

Chief executive officer

Dr. Johnson has more than 35 years of global, Canadian frontier, and Western Canadian exploration and production experience. He has previously worked for Shell Canada, ExxonMobil, Husky Energy, Kuwait Oil Company, KUFPEC, and a public international start-up, which he founded. Dr. Johnson has extensive business development, operations, geoscience research, and technical E&P experience covering 40+ petroleum provinces, with discoveries in Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Canadian Frontiers and the South China Sea. He currently serves as a Director for the Canadian Global Exploration Forum (CGEF), and a Councillor for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Barry Lappin

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Lappin brings over 20 years of experience in the Canadian and international oil and gas industry with both small private and large public companies including TechnipFMC and Aker Solutions. He spent 18 years with Deloitte in the audit, tax and consulting practices both in Canada and the UK. Through his career, Mr. Lappin has been an active volunteer within the oil and gas industry, including serving on the Board of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association for 8 years and serving as its President during 2010/11.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Lappin had been providing consulting services to Imperial Helium to assist in financing, which has afforded him insight and familiarization with IHC’s business strategy and projects. Mr. Lappin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and has been a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta since 1984.

Michael Zubkow

Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Zubkow has 45 years of professional experience, spending his initial 12 years as a structural engineer before transitioning to work in the petroleum industry in Western Canada. Previously, Mr. Zubkow has worked for Underwood McLellan, Dome Petroleum, Amoco Canada, Devon Energy, ConocoPhillips Canada, Penn West, and most recently Canadian Natural Resources.

Mr. Zubkow has extensive experience in drilling and completing petroleum and natural gas wells, building production facilities and infrastructure, and managing production operations. As such, he is uniquely qualified with respect to the development of the helium resource in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. He is currently a registered practicing engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Stephan Anfort

Chief Geologist

Mr. Anfort is an explorer with more than 28 years of experience covering multiple basins in North America, Europe and Asia. The larger focus of his efforts include the Gulf of Mexico, Jeanne d’Arc and Flemish Pass Basins, further north into Labrador, the west coast of Greenland and up into the Canadian Arctic. He started his career at Marathon Oil in Houston, and has worked for Husky Energy, Statoil (Equinor), and Suncor in Calgary, Canada. Most recently he lived and worked in Budapest, Hungary for Sandhill Petroleum exploring the Eastern Pannonian Basin.

In each of these geologically diverse basins, Mr. Anfort has taken a regional approach to exploration, identifying plays and prospects by taking a hands-on integrated approach to evaluating geoscience data with a view to understanding petroleum systems and high-grading opportunities. He has been a leader on multiple successful exploration ventures most recently in the Mizzen and Bay du Nord discoveries of the Flemish Pass Basin. In addition, he was a principle in building the portfolio of prospects which included the recently announced discoveries of Cambriol and Capahayden by Equinor.

Mr. Anfort is currently a registered practicing Geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Keith Edwards

Chief Geophysicist

Mr. Edwards has 37 years experience extracting exploration and exploitation information from seismic data with a strong focus on quantitative interpretation utilizing modelling, inversion and AVO.

Significant roles in exploration/exploitation (AEC West, Rosetta/Berkana, Kuwait Oil Company), seismic consulting (Discovery Exploration Services, GeoScope, Boyd PetroSearch),and software development (GMA, Digi-Rule).

Significant contributor to the development of multiple successful plays in Western Canada, and seismic reservoir characterization of some of the world’s largest oil fields in Kuwait.

Value Proposition

With the Helium shortage crisis soon to be known to the masses.

The smart play is to make a move into Imperial Helium (TSX-V: IHC – OTC: IMPHF)

Why Helium?

“The world’s helium supplies are running dangerously low…” 7) 21-06-19

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