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CSR Watch: Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurates IGL’s PSA based oxygen plant in Delhi

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New Delhi: Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Dharmendra Pradhan inaugurated a Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) based medical oxygen generating plant and booster unit at Maharaj Agrasen Hospital in Punjabi Bagh, New Delhi on June 14. The plant has been set up by Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), the largest CNG distribution company in the country, as a part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. Members of Parliament Parvesh Sahib Singh and Sushil Kumar Gupta, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas's Secretary Tarun Kapoor, IGL's Managing Director AK Jana, IGL's Director (Commercial) Amit Garg, Trustees and Office Bearers of the Hospital were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said that true to the path of service shown by Maharaj Agrasen, today we are dedicating in the service of people, this oxygen plant. He commended Maharaj Agrasen Hospital and IGL for making this a reality. He said that as guided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today PSA-based oxygen plants are being set up across the country, as a part of corporate social responsibility. He said that this is part of an overall strategy to be ready for any possibility of a third wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The Minister said that the nation came together to meet heightened oxygen demand during the second wave of the pandemic. The steel companies played a major role by supplying LMO across the country by diverting their oxygen-producing capacities towards producing LMO and by reducing steel production. He said that with the initiatives taken to further augment medical oxygen availability, the country is better equipped to handle any possibility of a third wave.

Speaking about vaccination, he called for all stakeholders of the society to join hands and make vaccination a ‘Jan Andolan.’ He also spoke about efforts taken by the government which will ensure enhanced availability of vaccines in times to come and the decision taken by the Prime Minister to provide free vaccines to the states in the true spirit of cooperative federalism.

In his vote of thanks, Jana underlined the commitment of IGL towards society through its meaningful CSR projects and programmes. He thanked the Minister for his guidance and support to IGL in this initiative as well as other endeavours.

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This PSA Oxygen plant set up in the Maharaja Agrasen Hospital, set up by IGL as a CSR initiative shall be operated and maintained by the IGL for one year. The plant is unique in nature and has a dual facility of filling cylinders as well as feeding hospital manifold. The capacity of this plant is 60 NM3/Hr and can give Oxygen with a purity of up to 96 percent. This plant is one of its kinds in the entire Delhi NCR region, which can also fill 12 Jumbo Type-D medical oxygen cylinders per hour through an oxygen compressor at 150 bar.

Apart from providing medical oxygen support to the beds connected to the hospital manifold through pipes, this plant can also provide oxygen in the empty oxygen cylinders. There is no requirement for any specialized raw material. The PSA uses the technology, whereby a chemical acting as Zeolites Sieve is used which filters Nitrogen and other gases from Air and end product is Medical Oxygen. The PSA oxygen plants use the cleaner and cheaper tech and can be easily operated. It is a safe and reliable source to obtain oxygen. The dependency on transportation goes down to zero. This plant is fully automatic. It needs only electrical power for running the system. This machine automatically enters into standby mode when the level in the storage tank reaches its set limit if consumption of oxygen is low and also it takes very little space.

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