Reliance Industries has scaled up production of medical grade liquid oxygen, becoming country's largest producer of this life-saving resource from a single location in just over a year's time.
Traditionally, Reliance is not a manufacturer of medical grade liquid oxygen. However, RIL engineers quickly reconfigured and optimised current operations - designed for refining and petrochemicals grade oxygen - to produce high-purity medical oxygen. The company is its largest producer in the country from a single location. At its refinery-cum-petrochemical complex in Jamnagar and other facilities, RIL now produces over 1000 MT per day - or 11 percent of India's total production - meeting the needs of nearly every one in ten patients, IANS said.
A company statement said that under personal supervision of Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, at Jamnagar, Reliance has adopted a two-pronged approach to strengthen the availability of medical oxygen in India: to refocus several industrial processes at Jamnagar and other facilities for rapid scale-up in production of medical grade liquid oxygen. Also, RIL is augmenting loading and transportation capacities to ensure its swift and safe supplies to states.
Commenting on the initiatives, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited, said: "For me and for all of us at Reliance, nothing is more important than saving every life as India battles against a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is an immediate need to maximise India's production and transportation capacities for medical grade oxygen."
Nita Ambani, Founder-Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, said: "Our plants at Jamnagar refinery have been repurposed overnight to produce medical grade liquid oxygen that is being distributed across India. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow countrymen and women. Together, we will overcome these difficult times."
This oxygen is being provided free-of-cost to several State Governments. Since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, Reliance has supplied over 55,000 MT of medical grade liquid oxygen across the country.
The company also converted nitrogen tankers into transport trucks for medical grade oxygen, through innovative and safe processes to address the problem of transportation. Reliance organised the airlifting of 24 ISO containers into India from Saudi Arabia, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and Thailand adding 500 MT of new transportation capacity for liquid Oxygen. These ISO containers will help in removing the transport constraints for Oxygen in the country.