‘Exploring feasibility of converting existing nitrogen plants to produce oxygen’

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Joint Secy, Health Ministry

The Central authorities right now mentioned that round 1500 PSA oxygen era plants are being developed.

Joint Secy, Health Ministry in an interplay with the media mentioned that,”To increase availability of oxygen we’re working on converting nitrogen plants into oxygen plants. We’ve identified 14 industries with PSA nitrogen plants, 37 plants have also been identified.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reviewed the progress of converting nitrogen plants to oxygen plants within the nation.

Considering the requirement of medical oxygen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic state of affairs, the Government of India explored the feasibility of conversion of existing nitrogen plants to produce oxygen.

“Various such potential industries, wherein existing nitrogen plants may be spared for the production of oxygen were identified,” knowledgeable the Prime Minister’s Office.

In a gathering with the Prime Minister through which Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, Secretary Road Transport and Highways and different senior officers have been in attendance, the method of converting the existing Pressure Swing Absorption (PSA) nitrogen plants for the manufacturing of oxygen was mentioned.

It was additionally mentioned that in nitrogen plants, Carbon Molecular Sieve (CMS) is used whereas Zeolite Molecular Sieve (ZMS) is required for producing oxygen. Therefore, by changing CMS with ZMS and finishing up few different modifications resembling oxygen analyzer, management panel system, movement valves, and many others. existing nitrogen plants could be modified to produce oxygen. On deliberation with the industries, up to now 14 industries have been recognized the place conversion of plants is underneath progress. Further 37 Nitrogen plants have been additionally recognized with the assistance of trade associations, the officers knowledgeable within the assembly.

“A nitrogen plant modified for the production of oxygen can be either shifted to a nearby hospital or, in case it is not feasible to shift the plant, it can be used for on-site production of oxygen, which can be transported to the hospital through specialised vessels/cylinders.”

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