Visakhapatnam: RINL, the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, has dispatched 11,900 metric tonnes of liquid medical oxygen since the onset of COVID-19.
According to a spokesman of RINL here on Wednesday, the five units of Oxygen making plants in the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant are in full operation and loading and dispatching of cryogenic tankers with Liquid Medical Oxygen at site is continued.
“Rising to the demand of Liquid Medical Oxygen nationwide for Covid patients RINL-Vizag Steel has already supplied 3,050 MT of LMO till today since April 13 this year and cumulative dispatch has crossed 11,900 MT mark since the onset of pandemic. This is being dispatched primarily to Andhra Pradesh state and as per Government directives also extending support to Karnataka. On April 22 also the first Oxygen Express carrying 100 MT of LMO in 7 Cryogenic tankers was dispatched to Maharashtra to meet the critical medical emergencies in the state,” he disclosed.
New ASU (BOO) Oxygen Plant ready for commissioning
Activities for commissioning the new 2×850 TPD Oxygen plant ,which has been under arbitration, has begun at site with RINL taking some proactive positive steps with the agency M/s ALIH.
Experts from the agency have already arrived at site for health assessment of installed plant and machinery which will be followed by trial runs of equipment and later integrated trial runs before commissioning and production of LMO. The new plant will generate 100 MT liquid medical Oxygen.
1000-bed Covid care hospital facility getting ready
In addition to the supply of Oxygen, RINL-Vizag Steel is also preparing to establish a 1,000 bed Covid Care Center facility. In the first step the facility is being made ready at Gurajada Kalakshetram at Ukkunagaram.
The cots required for this massive arrangement are being manufactured inside the works division of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. Arrangements have been made for continuous supply of oxygen near the beds for the Covid patient at Gurajada Kalakshetram.
Further, in phased manner various community halls and public halls/spaces will be converted into hospital wards for treatment of Covid patients, the spokesman said.
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