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98% of oxygen generated by industry in Punjab diverted to hospitals

Vijay C Roy

Press Reporter News Service

Chandigarh, April 28

Amid Covid disaster, nearly 98 per cent of the oxygen generated by the trade within the state for industrial functions is being diverted to hospitals. The state has 15 air separation items (ASUs) with a technology capability of round 60-65 tonnes per day. The remaining capability is being utilised by pharmaceutical items.

In keeping with trade associations, the each day requirement of oxygen by the trade and hospitals throughout pre-Covid days was 300-350 tonnes per day. “Because the capability of native ASUs was restricted to 60-65 tonnes per day, a bulk of the demand was met from outdoors the state reminiscent of Baddi, Panipat, Dehradun and Roorkee, so we have been extra depending on different states for oxygen,” mentioned RS Sachdeva, managing director, Hello Tech Industries. Presently, using oxygen for non-medical functions just isn’t permitted.

As an essential compound, oxygen is utilized by trade reminiscent of steel-makers, fabrication, pharmaceutical trade and water purification. Metal-makers in Mandi Gobindgarh account for main consumption adopted by Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Mohali and Dera Bassi. Along with the trade, there are a couple of Strain Swing Adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen technology in authorities hospitals and personal hospitals which cater to a part of their calls for.

On a median, the requirement of hospitals was 50-60 tonnes per day throughout pre-Covid days which has shot upto 250 tonnes now. The each day consumption as per the current caseload for Covid sufferers is round 200 MT as on April 25, and round 50 MT for non-Covid sufferers (emergency and different important necessities that can’t be stopped). This makes the whole each day requirement/consumption for Punjab healthcare companies of 250 MT of liquid medical oxygen. Presently, out of the whole demand, the state would get 165 tonnes from outdoors the state.


250-tonne demand

On a median, the requirement of hospitals was 50-60 tonnes per day throughout pre-Covid days which has shot upto 250 tonnes.

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