Indian Steel Makers Step up Oxygen Supplies to Save Lives
With the 294,290 new COVID cases reported on 20 April, the crisis is worsening with every passing day in India. However, Indian steel makers have stepped up their effort to contribute by increasing liquid medical oxygen supplies, a crucial medical requirement for saving lives of coronavirus patients.
Tata Steel Tweeted “Medical oxygen is critical to the treatment of #COVID19 patients. Responding to the National urgency, we're supplying 200-300 tons of Liquid Medical Oxygen daily to various State governments & hospitals. We are in this fight together & will surely win it!”
Tata Group Tweeted “Given the oxygen crisis, we are putting in all our efforts to support India’s healthcare infrastructure. To supplement the critical supply of liquid medical oxygen to various States, we're importing 24 cryogenic containers via special charter flights. This is our collective resolve to fight the pandemic.”
JSW Steel said it will supply 400 tonnes of liquefied oxygen a day to hospitals in Karnataka to treat Covid-19 patients in a sign of oxygen availability improving in the next couple of days.
Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited has supplied about 400 tonnes of liquid oxygen to the states in April so far. RINL Tweeted “Rising to the occasion of Oxygen requirements for Covid patients in this pandemic crisis, #RINL has already supplied apprx 400 T of LMO last week to various destinations in AP and other states as instructed by Govt Authorities. Ready to receive the First Oxygen Express from Maharashtra, with 7 cryogenic tankers having total carrying capacity of more than 100 Ton LMO.” As per media reports, RINL’s 5 air separation plants produce 2,600 tonnes of oxygen in gas form and 100 tonnes in liquid form, which is supplied for medical purposes
Steel Authority of India Limited’s Durgapur Steel Plant has decided to extend its helping hand by supplying approximately 34 tons of Liquid Medical Oxygen
As per earlier media reports on 18 April, Indian primary steel makers were already supplying oxygen to various states by diverting oxygen used in the making of steel for medical usage
Tata Steel - 300 tonnes per day
JSW Steel - 185 tonne per day
JSPL – 50-100 tonnes per day
ArcelorMittal - 200 tonnes per day
SAIL has supplied more than 33,000 tonnes of LMO since April 2020
In addition, Reliance Industries Ltd has tweaked manufacturing at its Jamnagar oil refineries to produce over 700 tonnes a day of medical grade oxygen, from earlier 100 tonnes, which is being supplied free of cost to states. The company plans to raise medical-grade oxygen production capacity to 1,000 tonnes. State-owned Indian Oil Corporation and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd too have begun diverting oxygen produced at their refineries. IOC said that it has begun the supply of 150 tonnes of oxygen at no cost to various hospitals in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. Separately, BPCL said it has started supply of 100 tonnes of oxygen at no cost