Thoughtful resource management for continued economic growth of the Navajo Nation, located within the Sanostee (Tse Alnaozti’i') Chapter


In 2021, NTEC acquired Tacitus, LLC, a helium production and exploration company. In acquiring the company, NTEC gained ownership of the Tocito Dome Field on the Navajo Nation. To extract helium, NTEC’s operations use pre-existing oil well sites that date back to the 1960s. The Navajo Nation has some of the cleanest helium deposits on earth. This means that, compared to other operations, there are no additional waste or by-products created when helium is extracted.

NTEC Helium Facts

Helium has many uses.

Helium is a non-toxic, inert (won’t burn or cause a chemical reaction) gas that is used for a wide variety of critical purposes, including:

  • MRI Machines
  • Lift Applications
  • Electronics & Semiconductors
  • Analytical/Special Gas/Labs
  • Pressure/Purging/Aerospace
  • Science/Engineering
  • Welding
  • Leak Detection

Helium is a clean, safe, natural resource.

  • Helium is not only safe but extremely useful for many different industries.
  • NTEC Helium comes from the cleanest deposits on earth (7% helium, compared to 1-3% from other sources).
  • The clean helium on the Navajo Nation is unique in that it is found in formations of nitrogen. As a result, no harmful by-products are released in its production.
  • NTEC Helium is extracted from repurposed existing oil well sites, aligning with NTEC’s commitment to bringing safe, reliable natural resources to market in a sustainable way.

Helium benefits the Navajo Nation.

  • Helium offers a steady and reliable source of current and future royalty revenue to the Navajo Nation.
  • Helium operations brought $1.32M in royalties and taxes to the Navajo Nation in 2022. This amount is projected to increase significantly.
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Vivie Melendez

General Manager of NTEC Helium

“At Tocito Dome, our ongoing dedication to the sustainable stewardship of the Navajo Nation's natural resources is our guiding light. We're proud to bring this safe and vitally important gas to market while creating good jobs and bringing prosperity back to the community.”

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