New Delhi: Oil and Gas Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), under the administrative control of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas are working earnestly to meet the nation's liquid medical Oxygen requirements, in this hour of need. PSUs are setting up about 100 pressure swing adsorption (PSA) medical Oxygen generation plants in public health facilities across the country. The hospitals in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi will be covered under the initiative. The entire expenditure for these plants will be borne by the companies from their CSR fund.
These PSA plants will come in varying capacities to generate oxygen, catering to hospitals with 200 to 500 beds. They employ technology provided by DRDO and CSIR, absorbing nitrogen from ambient air to concentrate oxygen. The oxygen thus generated will be supplied straight to patients admitted to the hospital. Orders have been placed with the Indian vendors for these plants, and these will start becoming operational from this month itself, and by July, all such plants will come up.
This is also important to note here that the Steel major SAIL has been providing above 1100MT LMO per day with enhanced capacities. Standing strong with the nation SAIL has so far supplied around 54,000 MT of LMO. In the month of April 2021, SAIL has delivered more than 17,500 MT LMO to 15 states across the country including the states in which the plants are located.
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