The rise of the second wave of Covid 19 in India has led to a lot of infections and an increased demand for oxygen across the country. Many states have reported that there is a lack of oxygen in the hospitals and there are a lot of patients in requirement of oxygen.
The shortage of oxygen has led to the death of several patients in the hospitals. Amidst the chaos, several private and public sector companies have changed their manufacturing plants and converted those into manufacturing of oxygen. Heres a list of companies that have started manufacturing oxygen cylinders in India.
Reliance Industries Ltd is a multinational company which has its headquarters in Mumbai, India. Reliance Industries is owned by Mukesh Ambani. The Jamnagar Oil Refineries of reliance Industries have been changed to manufacture medical-grade oxygen cylinders.
The company has said that it would manufacture around 700 tones of medical-grade oxygen cylinders per day and has plans to distribute it freely to the states that are affected by Covid-19. The Jamnagar Oil Refineries is located in Gujarat, India.
The plant had started the manufacturing of 100 tones of medical-grade oxygen cylinders in the beginning and later it was increased to 700 tones because of the requirement. The company has plans to increase the manufacturing output of medical-grade oxygen cylinders to up to 1000 tones in a short span of time.
JSW steel is an Indian company which is involved in the manufacturing of steel. The company has its headquarters located in Mumbai, India. The company had recently revealed that its Dolvi Plant in the state of Maharashtra was manufacturing around 185 tones of medical oxygen and supplying it according to the requirement from last week.
JSW Steel also has plans to increase the manufacturing of medical oxygen their other 3 plants which are Ballari plant in the state of Karnataka, Dolvi Plant in the state of Maharashtra and Salem plant in the state of Tamil Nadu.
The company is working towards manufacturing and providing around 600 tones of oxygen on a daily basis. The company is also planning a strategy to increase its manufacturing and supply of oxygen in its Tamil Nadu factory.
Tata Group is a multinational company which has its headquarters located in Mumbai, India. Tata group is one of the oldest and the biggest companies in India.
The subsidiaries of the Tata group such as Tata Steel are in the process of transferring oxygen to the states which have an increased demand for medical oxygen.
To bring a solution to the shortage of oxygen supply, the company has taken a decision and declared that in order to carry liquid oxygen, they would import around 24 cryogenic containers.
The cryogenic containers are known for storing gases that are liquified at very low temperatures because of their design which contains dual walls. There are also multilayer insulation vessels.
Vedanta Company is an Indian-based company which is involved in the mining. They have mined in different states such as Goa, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Odisha. Their main operations include mining of iron ore, aluminum and gold. The company has its headquarters located in Mumbai, India.
Vedanta has offered to provide oxygen from its Plant in Tamil Nadu which is located in Thoothukudi and is a decommissioned Sterlite Copper Plant. According to Vedanta, their factory has around 2 oxygen plants and is expecting to manufacture around 1,050 tones combined from both the plants on a daily basis.
Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) is a steel manufacturing company. It is an enterprise which is owned by the Government of India. The company has its headquarters located in New Delhi, India.
According to a report from SAIL, the company has supplied around 35,000 tones of liquid oxygen from its manufacturing plants. The oxygen is said to have a purity of around 99.7 %.
The manufacturing plants of SAIL are located in Bokaro plant which is in the state of Jharkhand, Bhilai plant which is in the state of Chhattisgarh, Rourkela plant which is in the state of Odisha, Durgapur plant and Burnpur plants.
IOL and Bharat Petroleum
Indian Oil Corporation (IOL) is an oil and gas corporation which is under the Government of India. It has its headquarters located in New Delhi, India. It is the largest commercial oil company in the country.
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) is also an oil and gas corporation which is under the Government of India. It has its headquarters located in Mumbai, India, it is the second largest commercial oil company in the country.
IOC and BPCL have also started supplying medical oxygen from their plants. They have begun redirecting the oxygen that are generated in their refineries to provide medical oxygen to the states that are affected by Covid-19.
They have supplied oxygen to various hospitals such as Delhi, Punjab and Haryana. IOC has begun supplying around 150 tonnes of oxygen on a daily basis and BPCL has begun supplying around 100 tonnes of oxygen on a daily basis for free of cost.
Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited
Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited is a steel producer company. The company has its headquarters in Vishakhapatnam, India. Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited has provided liquid oxygen to Andhra Pradesh and other states that are affected by Covid-19.
They have added 5 units of oxygen extraction plants in which 3 plants have the capacity to produce around 550 tones on a daily basis and the other 2 units will have the capacity to produce around 600 tones on a daily basis.
The company is producing around 100 tones of liquid oxygen and around 2,600 tones of gas oxygen on a daily basis.
Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co-operative Limited (IFFCO) is a Multi-state cooperative society which has its headquarters in New Delhi, India. They are involved in the manufacturing and marketing of fertilizers.
IFFCO has said that in the next 15 days they would set up 4 oxygen plants for an approximate rate of around INR 30 crores. The plants will be created in Paradise (Odisha), Aonla, Phulpura (Uttar Pradesh), and Kalol (Gujarat).
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This is a major step taken by these companies to help the society and the citizens of the country. Mostly all the companies have been providing the oxygen for free of cost. We may be able to see a lot more companies coming together to support the country from a big crisis.