Helium is a vital resource used throughout the science, medicine and manufacturing industries. For many companies, it is a critical component in the manufacturing process, especially those that serve unique high-tech applications such as MRI, semiconductor chip, and fiber optic manufacturing. New applications continue to be developed in the high tech industries.
The United States has historically been the largest producer of helium in the world. Recent developments have brought countries such as Qatar and Russia to the forefront of global helium supply.
The BLM’s Cliffside Reserve in the US was once the primary global source of helium. Its rapid decline has led to shortages and is forecast to be a minor source after 2021, leading the US to be a net importer of helium for the first time in history. The BLM decline has sparked an urgent need to secure new sources of helium and ensure sustainability of this resource into the future.
Weil Group Resources, LLC, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, was founded by international and energy sector executives devoted to the exploration, development and production of untapped energy and other commodity assets. Focused on these underdeveloped resources, Weil Group is active in the United States and Canada and has had prior projects in Colombia, South America and throughout the Philippine archipelago.
Weil Group’s knowledge of oil and gas exploration and production, coupled with its project management and mid-stream operating experience, inspired the development of a successful helium exploration and production program. With active projects in both the United States and Canada, Weil Group is producing high grade helium and continues to expand its significant helium reserves.
Our mission is to explore, develop and produce untapped energy and commodity assets, discerning value overlooked by others.
Finding, Drilling, Proving & Producing Helium Reserves
Jeff Vogt is the CEO and founder of Weil Group. In his over 30+ year career, Jeff has gained international experience in industrial, resource-based, environmental technology and public/private sectors, focusing on foreign markets entry, joint ventures and creating value through collaboration.
As former head of the international business division for ESP (Envirotest/Environmental Systems Products) Jeff negotiated technology agreements and joint ventures in China, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Turkey and India. His strong strategic focus, technical aptitude and collaborative approach have played critical roles in his development of manufacturing subsidiaries in China and India, in working with partners in the Philippines to establish a successful nickel mining and smelting concern, and bringing life to oil fields with partners in Colombia. Early in his career, Jeff served on the White House staff as a special assistant to President George H. W. Bush for business, trade and economic policy.
As a trustee for the Vogt Foundation, Jeff is passionate about assisting disabled and disadvantaged youth and improving inner-city education access. He assists many non-profit organizations with their fund raising efforts. Jeff holds an MBA from Kellogg Northwestern University School of Management and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and a B.A. from Colby College.
Chief Executive Officer
Scott Cardozo is CFO at Weil Group. He brings diverse experience as a senior executive in investment banking and finance at Scott & Stringfellow/BB&T Capital Markets, as well as hands-on experience as Chief Executive for business operations, ranging from tax preparation to medical devices. Scott was an early investor in Weil Group, and has been an active investor and manager in companies in a variety of sectors. His focus and financial acumen have been invaluable during his successful efforts at managing several growth stage and turnaround/restructuring situations, all of which have resulted in profitable exits for investors. Scott currently serves on the board for The Saint Andrews School, a tuition free independent elementary school, for low income children in Richmond, VA. Scott is also the past board chairman of the Daily Planet, a Community Healthcare Center providing primary and behavioral health as well as dental and eye care regardless of housing or financial status. Scott holds an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, as well as a JD from the School of Law.
J. Scott Cardozo
Chief Financial Officer
Lewis May is the Executive Vice President of Operations. He has over 40 years of experience in the energy sector, both domestically and internationally, and extensive expertise in joint venture company management. Lewis’ experience has been in project development, execution, operations, and commercial management in chemical plants, refineries, pipelines and related transportation facilities, and oil production, making him well positioned to head up Weil Group operations.
During his 29 year career at Enron, Lewis was involved in the $217 million Centragas pipeline project in Colombia, where he oversaw all facets of pipeline development and operations. Under Lewis’ supervision, the project was named Project of the Year by PMI (Project Management Institute). While working on the Bolivia – Brazil pipeline, Lewis successfully negotiated construction cost reductions on the Bolivia portion from over $100M to $5M.
Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Masters of Business Administration from Houston Baptist University.
Executive Vice President of Operations
Guy A. Rowland serves on the advisory board for Weil Group. Guy has extensive understanding of all aspects of the industrial gases business. His experience across the bulk and packaged gas business involved major customers utilizing helium in a variety of applications and markets. He is especially strong in customer and commercial strategy and has innumerable customer contacts forged over decades of customer interaction and contract and deal negotiations.
During his 31 year career with Air Liquide, Guy held positions of increasing responsibility in sales, sales management, and region management, serving as Director of Acquisitions, Vice President of Process Industries responsible for rare gases including helium. He served as Vice President Bulk Sales and Region Operations for the US including the Strategic Accounts team and as the COO of the US Healthcare business and President of the US Packaged Gas business.
Guy holds a BSc in Molecular Biology and Physics from the University of Oregon.
Guy A. Rowland
Advisory Board Member
George Y. Li serves as Director on the Board of Weil Group Canada. George has worked in the industrial gas business for more than 15 years, starting his career with Air Products Tianjin, China as Account Manager for liquid bulk products. In 2010, he was a co-founder of Synergy Gases (Tianjin), which specializes in the supply of helium, rare gases and other bulk gases. In 2013, George relocated to Toronto, Canada to develop the North American market for Synergy. Currently Mr. Li is director of sales for a team that supplies gases not only in China but also to the global market. Synergy now exports industrial gases and chemicals to more than 12 countries/areas in the world.
George holds a MSc. of Business Administration from Linkoping University, Sweden and a BSc. degree in Business Administration from Tianjin University of Commerce, China.
George Y. Li
Director Weil Group Canada, Ltd
Alexey Duarte serves as a project management consultant for the Weil Group. He has more than 20 years of experience leading the evaluation and execution of projects and operations for large and small companies in the mining and energy sectors in Australia, SE Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. Alexey’s experience has been in project management, risk modeling and analysis, and business structuring. He is strong on developing work teams from ground zero and executing projects.
Alexey has worked with many top contractors and consultants such as Bechtel, Kvaerner, McKinsey, WorleyParsons and others. His latest involvement was a contractor for a USAID Project, where he identified, qualified and prioritized Best Technical and Social Practices in the extractive and infrastructure sectors.
Alexey holds a BSc in Metallurgical Engineering from the Universidad Industrial de Santander, Colombia and an MBA from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
Project Manager Consultant
Weil Group’s sustainable vision is to be a collaborative partner in the communities where we operate, to give back, and to enrich lives by protecting the environment. We do this by incorporating the “4-C’s” of community engagement with all stakeholders: communication, cooperation, collaboration and mutual creation. Whether mining and smelting nickel ore in the Philippine islands, developing oil fields in Colombia, or delivering helium resources, a critical industrial commodity, from Canada to the international market, Weil strives to uphold zero impact to the environment. We also look to be a part of communities and instill pride, purpose and prosperity as a direct result from our being there.
In Mindanao, Philippines, the Weil Group brought on stream critical new water and plumbing resources to remote villages, provided cash crops to village populations to bring to market for recurring annual revenue resources, and constructed new classrooms for community youth instruction. In Colombia, Weil provided new power sources to communities and computer systems to local youth, allowing for expanded internet and education instruction.
In its North American helium pursuits, Weil Group projects feature clean, inert gas it accesses through its drilling activities. We have collaborated with local communities for road improvement, new road construction, and upgraded local government housing. We sponsor a local curling team, and a welding class for local students among other activities.
- What’s behind a global shortage of helium
- Weil Group in talks to build helium facility in Medicine Hat, Alberta
- Local helium plant in the works
- Helium liquefaction plant could come to Medicine Hat in two years; mayor welcomes news
- Weil Group plans Canada’s first helium liquefaction facility in Medicine Hat
- Largest helium facility comes to Canada
- Giving Helium a Lift
- Helium in Mankota
What’s behind a global shortage of helium
BNN – May 17, 2019
Jeff Vogt, CEO of Weil Group, discusses what’s causing a global helium shortage, the uses of helium and how the company’s plant is progressing.
Weil Group in talks to build helium facility in Medicine Hat, Alberta
BNN - November 10, 2017
Weil Group, a helium producer with Canadian operations, is in talks to build a helium facility in Medicine Hat, Alberta. Jeff Vogt, CEO of Weil Group, joins BNN to give us an idea of what his vision is for this facility and addresses growing concerns about global helium supply.
Local helium plant in the works
Collin Gallant, Medicine Hat News - November 2, 2017
A plant to compress and concentrate helium for export could be operating in Medicine Hat in 2019, according to a private company actively exploring for the niche industrial commodity in Western Canada.
“We want to get rocking and rolling on this thing,” said Jeff Vogt, CEO of the Weil Helium Group, which is in “advanced talks” with the City of Medicine Hat to locate here.
“We’ve got the proven reserves to feed the liquefier, the technology (ready to order) … Our objective is, given our window, we want to be running in mid-2019.”
Vogt said it will take more than a year for highly specialized equipment, valued at US$15 million, to arrive.
The construction phase could employ up to 50 people, though operating the highly automated plant would require only a small staff.
Most employment gains would come in trucking the gas from sites in southwest Saskatchewan where last year the company opened a $10-million concentrating facility in Mankato, south of Swift Current.
The gas can’t be transported by rail or pipeline. Once compressed into a liquid, the gas would sit at a temperature several hundred degrees below zero, then trucked to ocean ports or to customers elsewhere in North America.
The City of Medicine Hat’s own plans to launch a helium drilling program made headlines this fall with administrators saying it could provide revenue as well as draw new local industrial projects, or high-tech industries that require the gas.
Officials from Weil and the city stated talks have begun regarding a possible supply agreement from city wells, should they strike the rare gas that naturally forms underground.
Vogt said the plant is scalable, and could handle outside suppliers, but the facility could run on the company’s own reserves, which he states are 2 billion cubic feet.
The plan is to market 200 million cubic feet per year from a Medicine Hat facility.
For the full article including the city drilling update, continue reading here.
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Helium liquefaction plant could come to Medicine Hat in two years; mayor welcomes news
Collin Gallant, Medicine Hat News - November 1, 2017
A plant to compress and concentrate helium for export could be operating in Medicine Hat in 2019, according to a company actively exploring for the niche industrial commodity.
The City of Medicine Hat’s own plans to launch its own helium drilling program made headlines this fall with city administrators saying that it could spur local industrial projects.
The Weil Group of Canada announced Wednesday that it hopes to commission a liquefaction plant, known as a cryo-hub, within the next 20 months.
It would handle its own production from sites in southwest Saskatchewan, and talks are ongoing to include the possibility of production from the city.
“We have had extensive discussions with Medicine Hat officials to locate our new cryo-hub facility in the city and develop helium resources in the region,” stated Weil CEO Jeff Vogt in a release.
Weil Group Canada is a subsidiary of Weil Group Resources, based in Richmond, Virginia, which last year announced a $10-million processing facility in Mankato, Sask., southeast of Swift Current.
There was no immediate cost estimate on the cryo-hub facility, but the release states a Medicine Hat facility could be fed by production it has identified in Saskatchewan, as well as any reserves found by the city in the region.
City officials welcomed the announcement.
“We were able to identify this opportunity and are pleased to support the Weil Group’s plans to invest in Medicine Hat,” said Mayor Ted Clugston in the release.
“This is a significant step in the Medicine Hat story. It demonstrates, once again, the unique benefits of our location and our city’s ability to achieve economic diversification. Local business investment creates employment and future revenue for our City.”
The gas is often thought of as useful for party balloons, but increasingly the inert, extremely stable gas is crucial in modern manufacturing and high-tech industries.
The inert gas is captured in drilling similar to traditional natural gas, but is gathered differently since it cannot be readily sent through pipelines.
It is often concentrated on site, then shipped for further refining. Because of its particular properties the gas must be compressed and cooled to several hundred degrees below zero so that it can be transported as a liquid.
Global prices began to rise several years ago when the U.S. government began selling off a strategic reserve.
It is currently about 100 times more valuable than natural gas, but is found in much smaller volumes.
Weil states it plans to bring about 2 million cubic feet helium to market annually, possibly for export to the United States, Asia or Europe.
Weil Group plans Canada’s first helium liquefaction facility in Medicine Hat
Maurice Smith, JWN - November 1, 2017
Weil Group Canada says it has identified nearly two billion cubic feet of proven reserves of helium between its Saskatchewan and Alberta projects and is moving to commission a central helium liquefaction facility in southern Alberta within the next 20 months.
Weil envisions Medicine Hat becoming the country’s helium supply hub, said Jeff Vogt, Weil chief executive officer. He said its infrastructure, location on the TransCanada highway, labour pool and reliable power supply it an ideal site for liquid helium production.
“We have been in extensive discussions with Medicine Hat officials to locate our new CryoHub facility in the city, and to collaborate to develop helium resources in the region,” Vogt said in a company press release. No cost estimates were provided.
“The city last month announced that it is undertaking helium exploration as part of its recently expanded drilling program. Therefore, this proposed facility would be a central hub to receive helium production from projects in both Alberta and Saskatchewan for liquefaction,” added Vogt. Additional proven helium reserves nearby in Montana could also feed the facility.
‘Significant step’ for Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat immediately welcomed the initiative. “Thanks to our forward looking Growth Strategy, we were able to identify this opportunity and are pleased to support the Weil Group’s plans to invest in Medicine Hat,” Mayor Ted Clugston said in the press release.
“This is a significant step in the Medicine Hat story. It demonstrates once again the unique benefits of our location and our city’s ability to achieve economic diversification. Local business investment creates employment and future revenue for our city,” said Clugston.
Weil said it sees significant multi-bcf resource potential in Canada. “Given our history and knowledge of the area, we feel that Canada will become a world-class helium producer in just a few years,” said Vogt. Helium’s uses are expanding, serving unique high-tech applications in MRIs, fibre optics and semiconductor chip manufacturing, he added.
First of its kind helium plant
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Largest helium facility comes to Canada
Jemima Owen-Jones, Gas World - November 2, 2017
Giving Helium a Lift
CBC, July 7, 2016
A Virginia company has opened Canada’s only high-grade helium plant in Saskatchewan. The Exchange on CBC News speaks with Jeff Vogt, CEO of Weil Group Resources.
Helium in Mankota
Weil Group CEO, Jeff Vogt, speaks with Sask Wanderer about Mankota’s high-grade helium plant in Saskatchewan.
Calgary-based Fire Creek Resources Ltd. serves as Weil Group’s partner in providing a full spectrum of petroleum engineering, project management and field development services. Fire Creek has extensive international experience, managing projects in over 20 countries and bringing projects on stream in the most challenging of circumstances. The group’s reservoir modeling and analysis skills and software tools facilitate Weil’s helium project development.
Calgary-based Horizon Resource Management Ltd. (HRML) serves as Weil Group’s partner providing engineering and wellsite supervision for drilling, completion, workover, and abandonment operations. HRML has extensive experience in Western Canadian oil and gas development projects. The group’s engineering, analysis and project management aids Weil’s helium project execution success.