Helium occurs in numerous natural gas fields in the Polish Lowland. Its content in the natural gas varies from 0.02% to 0.45%. The resources of helium were documented within 16 fields where its content in the natural gas is varying from 0.22% to 0.42%. These gas fields are situated in the Zielona Góra - Rawicz – Odolanów area (a southern part of the Fore-Sudetic Monocline) and related to the Rotliegend, Zechstein Limestone and Main Dolomite formations of the Permian.
Resources and output
Table 1 shows the current state of development of helium resources.
In 2019, the recovery of helium from 10 fields was equal 0.69 million m3. The given volume does not include the recovery from the fields in which a helium admixture has not been documented. The total pure helium production by Polish Oil and Gas Company (POGC – in Polish PGNiG) – Odolanów Branch, recovered from the exploited natural gas in Poland, amounted to 2,938,145 m3 in 2019.
The figure below shows resources and production of helium in Poland in the years 1989-2019.
The prospective resources of helium, according to The balance of prospective mineral resources of Poland, amount to about 34.68 million m3 and occur within 30 natural gas fields in which helium has not been documented so far*). These are deposits located in the Polish Lowland, within the Paleozoic platform on the Fore-Sudetic Monocline. The gas-bearing horizon of the deposits is formed by Rotliegend, Zechstein Limestone and Main Dolomite formations. The natural gas occurring in these deposits is the free natural gas.
Prepared by: Dariusz Brzeziński, Martyna Czapigo-Czapla
* Ługiewicz-Mołas I. Kwarciński J., Ponikowska M., 2020 - Hel (helium). In: Bilans perspektywicznych zasobów kopalin Polski wg stanu na 31.12.2018 r. (eds. Szamałek K., Szuflicki M., Mizerski W.): 387-389. PIG-PIB, Warszawa.