Helium is found in numerous natural gas fields in the Polish Lowland. Its content in the natural gas varies from 0.02% to 0.45%. 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.
Table 1 shows the current state of development of helium resources.
In 2017, the recovery of helium from 9 fields was equal 0.75 million m3. The volume does not include the recovery from these 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 3.172 thousand m3 in 2017.
The figure below shows resources and production of helium in Poland in the years 1989-2017.
Prepared by: Martyna Czapigo-Czapla, Dariusz Brzeziński