LMH-1 Airships to transport helium from mines in Tanzania

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Hybrid Enterprises has signed a partnership with Helium One to use LMH-1 Hybrid Airships to transport helium from deposit sites in Tanzania.

Helium One is an explorer, developer and producer of high value bulk liquid helium, and holds a prospecting licence across three project areas in Tanzania covering more than 4,500 km2 of land and it says the collaboration will provide safe and sustainable transportation of helium from mining sites.

Helium One chief executive officer (CEO), Thomas Abraham-Jones says: “We are in the process of developing a new helium province in Tanzania that has the potential to alleviate fears of a global helium shortage for decades to come. The LMH-1 airship may be a highly cost effective transportation method for us, and could reduce the bottlenecks associated with road transportation.”

Hybrid Enterprises CEO, Rob Binns says: “With the demand for helium increasing, this discovery of a nearly 100 billion cubic foot helium deposit in Tanzania will help ensure future supply. And what better way to transport this product than with our helium filled Hybrid Airship.”

The LMH-1 was developed and built by Lockheed Martin, it is designed to land on any surface including gravel, snow, ice or even water, and can carry up to 21 tonnes of cargo and 19 passengers.