Odisha: Paradeep Phosphate, JSPL Step Up Amid Oxygen Crisis

As the nation faces a shortage of oxygen supply to treat Covid-19 patients, Paradeep Phosphate Ltd (PPL) has decided to install three pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen generation plants across various health facilities in Odisha.

The first of these proposed oxygen plants will come up at the Jagatsinghpur district at an estimated cost of Rs 18 lakh.

“We have approached Jagatsinghpur Collector to identify the hospital where the plant will be installed. In the first phase, PPL will install three plants in selected hospitals of the State. Later, plants will be set up at other locations taking into consideration the prevailing situation”, said Sudhi Ranjan Mishra, Head of corporate affairs, PPL.

Notably, PPL has also established a Covid vaccination centre at its plant site.

Meanwhile, the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) has also decided to set up an oxygen plant in its Paradip unit. The cooperative has planned to provide oxygen free of cost to the hospitals treating Covid patients. The plant could take around two to three months to be operational.

In similar news, Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) has offered over 500 tonnes of liquid oxygen stocked in its Angul unit on a first come first serve basis. Chairman Naveen Jindal had earlier announced that the company will supply 50 to 100 tonnes of medical oxygen from its Odisha and Chhattisgarh units every day.

CM Naveen Patnaik has also offered help to the Centre in fighting the second wave of Covid-19. Patnaik spoke to the Prime Minister over a phone call and said that Odisha will extend all cooperation at the national level, including ramping up oxygen production to assist other states.

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