A high potential of helium in the mecklenburg-vorpommern
Between the 1960s and 1980s, a large number of exploratory wells were drilled in search of hydrocarbons in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, in north-east Germany. In several areas, these wells have revealed no hydrocarbons, but a gaseous mix rich in nitrogen and helium. These resources were not technically and economically attractive at the time, and were simply not exploited.
With Europe and Germany seeking greater sovereignty, the supply of helium to the area is now of strategic importance, and 45-8 ENERGY is now interested in developing this resource, discovered over 60 years ago.
In July 2023, 45-8 ENERGY applied to the Bergamt Stralsund Regional Geological Service for an exploration license. The application, named BRIMIR, covers an area of 113 km² in north-eastern Germany, and includes 7 municipalities.
The granting of this exploration license would enable 45-8 ENERGY to deepen its geological knowledge of the area and confirm its significant potential. Subsequent validation of our hypotheses will enable us to develop helium in the region. Pilot production could then be envisaged in response to the quest for territorial sovereignty, helium being a strategic resource necessary to many industries. What’s more, 100% of the helium consumed in Germany is imported from outside Western Europe, at great cost in terms of energy and environmental impact. With the BRIMIR project, the aim is to develop helium resources locally and produce them as close as possible to where they are consumed in Europe. By developing short circuits, 45-8 ENERGY will be able to limit the carbon footprint of the supply chain by eliminating high-impact stages (helium liquefaction for long-distance transport).
The exploration license has been requested for a period of 5 years, so that 45-8 ENERGY can carry out the data acquisition necessary to validate the helium potential of the BRIMIR area.
Discover the BRIMIR Project
A region to explore with the BRIMIR project
After submitting an exploration permit application in the state of Brandenburg, southeast of Berlin, 45-8 ENERGY is extending its interest to the northeastern region of Germany, specifically the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. This area has captured the attention of geologists due to its noteworthy helium potential, supported by previous measurements.
By applying for the BRIMIR exploration license, 45-8 ENERGY is focusing on a specific area of 113km², including 7 municipalities in the region.
These municipalities are concerned by the licence, meaning that data acquisition, which will have a limited impact on the environment and local residents, will be carried out in all these municipalities if the grant is approved.
The goals of the BRIMIR license
Deepen our existing geological knowledge
Accurately characterise the geology of the area and the areas most suitable for a helium-rich mix.
Quantify the volumes of helium that could be accumulated in the subsurface and assess the technical and economic potential, all with the utmost respect for the environment and local residents.
The BRIMIR helium potential
The gas mix in the area is mainly composed of nitrogen associated to helium. 45-8 ENERGY intends therefore to explore the area to confirm the helium potential of the BRIMIR region. If the potential is confirmed, a helium local production can be considered long-term.
As 100% of helium consumed in Western Europe is imported from outside its borders, a local production of helium could be an answer to a tense market where helium is, at the same time, subject to many shortages and necessary for many german industries.
The work program
A strategic and local project
Germany consumes 9.5Mm3 of helium a year, making it the world’s 5th largest consumer. All of this helium is imported from the United States, Qatar, Algeria and Russia. Germany is a major consumer of this resource, particularly for its high-tech industries in the east of the country. ‘Silicon Saxony’, in the German state of Saxony, is the largest microelectronics site in Europe and the 5th largest in the world. This type of industry requires a large volume of helium to operate.
At a time when this resource is becoming critical, increasingly rare and subject to recurring shortages, it is essential to be able to produce the resource as close as possible to European consumption centres in order to ensure a European supply of helium.
45-8 ENERGY’s ambition is to produce helium in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, which would guarantee access to the resource for East German industries in need.