Odisha: Oil PSUs To Set Up Plants for Oxygen Generation

Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel, has announced that oil PSUs are in the process of establishing Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen generation factories at 93 locations across the country. Seven of the ninety-three plants will be located in Odisha to facilitate captive oxygen generation facilities at hospitals for supplying medical-grade oxygen.

The oil and steel divisions are diverting close to 4,000 metric tonnes (MT) of liquid oxygen to hospitals treating coronavirus victims daily, valuing over 60% of the 6,600 MT oxygen currently available in the production system.

“The message has gone to companies to ensure transportation and augmentation of supplies in whatever way possible. Refineries and steel plants have maximised the production of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) by reducing their demand for industrial use,” petroleum and steel minister Dharmendra Pradhan said.

To supplement the Centre’s effort to supply oxygen to hospitals across the country, the PSUs under Pradhan’s Ministry and private companies in the steel sector have increased the production of liquid medical oxygen (LMO). The total daily medical oxygen production capacity of steel plants is 2,834 tonnes as 33 oxygen plants are operating under the CPSEs and the private sector.

Pradhan has informed that most units have reduced the production of Nitrogen and Argon and are only producing LMO to increase the LMO production capacity. The production of LMO was 3,474 tonnes on April 24, 2021.

Around 2,894 tonnes of LMO were dispatched to various states on Saturday by the steel sector as against 1500-1700 tonnes/day in the last week. Steel plants are additionally filling oxygen chambers and providing them to the states, hospitals and medical clinics. SAIL has been increasing the LMO supply from its steel plants at Bhilai, Bokaro, Rourkela, Durgapur and Burnpur since August 2020.

Notably, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, in the last few days, has coordinated and delivered 29 tankers of around 510 metric tonnes of oxygen to Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and other states.

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