The country’s largest refiner and petrochemical giant, Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), has increased its production of medical grade oxygen from ZERO to 1000 MT per day, which is more than 11% of total liquid oxygen production medical grade of the country.
This oxygen is provided free of charge to several state governments across the country to bring immediate relief to more than a lakh patients daily, the company said in a statement.
“Our factories at our Jamnagar refinery were reused overnight to produce medical grade liquid oxygen which is distributed throughout India. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow citizens and our women. Together, we will overcome these difficult times, ”said Nita Ambani, head of the Reliance Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the RIL.
The company provided more than 15,000 tons of oxygen in April to help nearly 15 lakh patients while since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, it has provided more than 55,000 tons of medical grade liquid oxygen to across the country.
In addition, to transport gas from its main refinery to Jamnagar and other manufacturing units, the company has converted nitrogen tankers to medical grade oxygen transport trucks, through innovative processes and that have been approved by the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO), the regulatory body of the Indian government.
In addition, it also organized the air transport of 24 ISO containers to India from Saudi Arabia, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Thailand, adding 500 tons of new transport capacity for liquid oxygen. . These ISO containers will help eliminate the constraints of transporting medical grade liquid oxygen within the country.
In addition, the company will be airlifting more ISO containers over the next few days.
“There is an immediate need to maximize India’s production and transportation capabilities for medical grade oxygen. I am proud of our engineers at Jamnagar who have worked tirelessly, with a great sense of patriotic urgency, to meet this new challenge, ”said RIL CMD Mukesh Ambani, who himself oversees the production and transportation of the oxygen from its refinery in Jamnagar.
“I am truly touched by the determination and sense of purpose shown by the young and bright members of the Reliance family who once again rose to the challenge and delivered when India needed it most,” said he added.
Prior to this pandemic, Reliance was not a manufacturer of medical grade liquid oxygen. However, as the need arose for medical grade oxygen with surge in COVID-19 cases, its engineers quickly reconfigured and optimized current operations – designed for refinery and petrochemical grade oxygen – to produce high purity medical grade oxygen.
“Medical grade liquid oxygen must be produced in liquid form at -183 ° C with a purity of nearly 99.5%, which poses extraordinary challenges and risks in production and tonnage maximization,” states the RIL press release.