Take the initiative to improve the production and supply of medical oxygen within the framework of their existing capacities in order to make it available to hospitals across the country to combat the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic, the main cooperatives fertilizer and state level entities like IFFCO, Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited and Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited have started to increase their production.
The Center expects that approximately 50 metric tons of medical oxygen per day can be made available to Corona virus patients from fertilizer factories located across the country.
In a high-level meeting with Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, IFFCO officials informed that the company was installing an oxygen plant with a size of capacity of 200 cubic meters per hour at its Kalol unit in Gujarat and that their total capacity would be 33,000 cubic meters per day.
Likewise, Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd also started supplying liquid oxygen for medical purposes after starting its air separation unit.
Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited has also made changes to its factories and started supplying liquid oxygen, official sources said.
The two Gujarat-based companies further informed the minister that they have already started the process of improving their oxygen production.
Representatives of other fertilizer companies have said they will be setting up medical oxygen plants in hospitals in parts of the country with their CSR corporate social responsibility funding.