New Delhi: The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly developed into an unprecedented crisis for the nation, and in the midst of this grave national crisis, Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL) has been working on war footing to do its bit for the country and fellow citizens. BHEL's plants located at Bhopal and Haridwar have responded to the situation with all possible resources at their command for supplying medical oxygen in and around their vicinity.
BHEL Haridwar was having a capacity to produce 24,000 CuM medical oxygen per day for captive use through internal pipelines. Seeing the acute shortage of medical oxygen in the country during mid-April, the plant created cylinder filling capacity for over 3,000 cylinders per day in the record time of one week along with putting in the entire logistics and manpower working day and night for handling over 3,000 cylinders a day. This plant has so far filled almost 67,000 cylinders (over 3,87,000 CuM) of medical oxygen for meeting requirements of hospitals and district authorities, PSUs, armed forces in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh as well as Delhi NCR, thus saving thousands of lives in this crisis.
Similarly, BHEL's Bhopal plant has so far supplied over 1,74,000 cubic meters of oxygen (over 26,000 cylinders) to various Hospitals including Kasturba Hospital, AIIMS, Military Hospital, Railway Hospital and Police Hospital, in addition to various private Hospitals of Madhya Pradesh.
To meet the emergency requirement of oxygen for medical use, BHEL's Hyderabad unit has also revived a 40-year-old oxygen plant that was not in operation for the last 12 years. Servicing and overhauling were taken up on an emergency basis and through relentless efforts, the project was completed in record time. The plant will support hospitals through the supply of medical oxygen to the extent of about 2,000 CuM per day.
Further efforts are underway for creating oxygen production capacity in other units of the company too. BHEL stands firm in its resolve to contribute wholeheartedly to meeting the national requirements.
BHEL is one of the largest engineering and manufacturing companies of its kind in India engaged in the design, engineering, construction, testing, commissioning and servicing of a wide range of products and services with over 180 product offerings to meet the ever-growing needs of the core sectors of the economy.
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