Several hospitals in the country treating Covid-19 patients have been forced to the brink of collapse due to a severe lack of medical oxygen. The situation has deteriorated to the point that hospitals are being forced to seek help on social media.
With several Covid-19 patients leading to the death of a shortage of oxygen in hospitals, a variety of corporations have stepped forward to assist. In times of shortage, a number of major private sector manufacturing companies are repurposing their factories to manufacture medical oxygen.
List of Companies Offering Oxygen Supply Amid a shortage:
Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Industries
Reliance Industries Ltd, owned by Mukesh Ambani, has modified manufacturing at its Jamnagar oil refineries to manufacture over 700 tonnes of medical-grade oxygen per day, which is being distributed free of charge to states affected by Covid-19.
The company's Jamnagar refineries in Gujarat provided 100 tonnes of medical-grade oxygen at first, but that number has now risen to over 700 tonnes. The output of the company's medical-grade oxygen production will be increased to 1,000 tonnes.
In order to resolve its shortage, the company declared that it would import 24 cryogenic containers to carry liquid oxygen. The cryogen liquid containers are dual walls and are designed for the storage of liquefied gases at very low temperatures.. There are also vessels with multilayer insulation.
Tata Group subsidiaries such as Tata Steel also transfer oxygen to States in order to support increased demand.
JSW Steel intends to increase production and provide 600 tonnes of oxygen per day from its three plants in Karnataka (Ballari), Maharashtra (Dolvi), and Tamil Nadu (Salem). Last week, the company revealed that its Dolvi plant in Maharashtra is supplying 185 tonnes of oxygen. The company is also devising a strategy to increase oxygen supply from its Tamil Nadu factory.
The factory, according to Vedanta, has two oxygen plants with a combined capacity of 1,050 tonnes of oxygen per day. Vedanta has offered to provide oxygen from its decommissioned Sterlite copper plant in Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu.
IOL and Bharat Petroleum
State-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) have also begun redirecting oxygen generated at their refineries to supplement medical oxygen availability in COVID-19-affected states.
At no charge to various hospitals in Delhi, Haryana, and Punjab, IOC began supplying liquid oxygen at 150 tonnes, while at no cost, BPCL began supplying medical oxygen at 100 tonnes per day.
The Steel Authority of India (Sail) reports that the company supplied, up to now, at Bokaro (Jharkhand), Bhilai (Chattisgarh), Rourkela (Odisha), Durgapur and Burnpur, 35,000 tonnes of liquid oxygen of 99.7 percent purity, from its plants.
Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (Vizag Steel Plant)
The company has also given liquid oxygen to Andhra Pradesh and other States for use in its Covid treatment facilities (Vizag steel plant) from Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, Germany. Five units of oxygen extraction plants have been added for the steel plant air separation system. Of these, there are three units capable of producing 550 tonnes per unit per day and two units capable of producing 600 tonnes per unit per day. It produces 2600 tonnes of gas oxygen and 100 tonnes of fluid per day.
Fertilizer major IFFCO
Corporate fertilizer major IFFCO said it would install four oxygen plants in the following 15 days for approximately Rs 30 crore. In Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Odisha, oxygen plants are created. They will be put in the paradise (Odisha), Kalol (Gujarat), Aonla, Phulpura (Uttar Pradesh).