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11 APRIL 2021 WorldWide Drilling Resource ® Twin Bridges Bowknot Helium Well Project Compiled by Editorial Staff, WorldWide Drilling Resource ® Helium, an odorless, colorless, tasteless gas, naturally occurs with other natural gases, its most economical source, below the earth’s surface. Processing plants are employed to separate helium from the other extracted natural gases. Today helium is vital in medical imaging, fiber-optics, semiconductor manufacturing, laser welding, and many aerospace, defense, and energy pro- grams. Unfortunately, helium is not renewable. Realizing its importance, the U.S. government stored 44 billion cubic feet of heli- um in a natural gas reservoir outside Amarillo,Texas, between 1963 and 1973. This is sold to private industry today as crude helium, enriched to 78% helium, 21% nitrogen, and less than 1% methane. Because helium is considered a critical mineral according to Executive Order 13817, any leasing and permitting must facilitate its discovery and use. The Twin Bridges Bowknot Helium Project in Utah, released a draft for environmental assessment, and submitted two applications for permission to drill an exploratory well to test for helium, as well as a permit to construct and operate a helium processing plant. Authorizations will include permission to drill directionally from a single well pad in Emery County, Utah. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has the option of approving the Alternative A or Alternative B applications with either some or no modifica- tions. Twin Bridges’ two alternative action plans A and B are similar, if not identical on most items, with a slight difference of Alternative B disturbing a little more surface area than Alternative A and taking approximately ten days longer to com- plete. Because of the target formation’s depth, a 400-ton drilling rig with an estimated derrick height of up to 150 feet is expected. The exploratory well would be directional, targeting intervals and reaching a possible depth of 6500 feet. Drilling on the surface section would use a freshwater-based mud system to clean and lubricate the hole. Intermediate intervals would be drilled with an oil-based mud system to aid in torque, stabilization, and rock properties protection. During operations, a closed-loop drilling fluids system would be employed to clean and maintain the mud system. All drill cuttings will be removed from the wellbore, contained in a closed-loop system, dried, and transported to an off-site commercial disposal. Twin Bridges Bowknot Helium Project. Proposed road improvements and pipeline area. Photos courtesy of BLM. DIR Nitrate Coated Premium Liners 5x6, 5x8, & 5x10 Gardner Denver 5-1/2x8 & 5-1/2x10 Gardner Denver 7-1/2x8 & 7-1/2x10 Gardner Denver Rods Heat-Treated & Chromed 5x6, 5x8, & 5-1/2x8 Gardner Denver 5x10 & 5-1/2x10 Gardner Denver 7-1/2x8 & 7-1/2x10 Gardner Denver New Pumps In Stock Gardner Denver 4x5 TEE Triplex. Gardner Denver 5-1/2x5 TEE Triplex Gardner Denver 4x5 or 4-1/2x5 Duplex Gardner Denver 5x6 Duplex Gardner Denver 5x6 Air Drive Duplex Gardner Denver 5x8 Duplex Gardner Denver 5-1/2x8 Duplex Gardner Denver 7-1/2x8 Duplex Gardner Denver 7-1/2x10 Duplex Gardner Denver 5-1/2x5 THE Triplex Gardner Denver 5x8 PAH Triplex Call for Prices. We Have a Variety of Brands of Mud Pump Parts and Power Units in Stock. Special or Obsolete Parts Made to Order . Cash for Surplus Mud Pumps . Rebuilt Mud Pumps 4-1/2x6 Gaso Duplex 4-1/2x6 Oilwell Duplex Gardner Denver 4-1/2x8 PA-8 Triplex Gardner Denver 5x6 Duplex Gardner Denver 5x10 Duplex Gaso 5x10 Duplex OVER 300 PUMPS IN STOCK Armstrong Machine Co. Inc. Pocahontas, IA 50574 USA 712-335-4131 ~ 24 Hours 7 Days a Week • Fax: 712-335-4565 800-831-4527 USA & Canada (8AM to 4PM Monday-Friday) Hydraulic Grout Pumps 5”, 6”, & 7-1/2”