COVID-19: Indian steel manufacturers ramp up oxygen production to meet growing demand

Indian steelmakers are ramping up the production of oxygen at their respective plants to help the country overcome severe oxygen crisis amid devastating second pandemic wave. Steel plants in the public and private sectors have increased the supply of liquid medical oxygen to 3,131.84 tonnes till last week from 2,894 tonnes earlier, said the media reports. 

While Tata Steel has ramped up oxygen production to 800 tonnes per day from around 600 tonnes a day earlier, JSW Steel has increased its supply to 900 tonnes a day as against, 600 tonnes a week earlier. 

“Tata Steel has further increased supplies of Liquid Medical Oxygen to 800 tonnes per day. Our endeavour to fight against Covid continues. We are closely working with GoI and states to address the demand and save precious human lives,” the company said on Twitter on Tuesday.  

Tata Group has committed to import 24 cryogenic vessels, containers used for transporting oxygen, to India, out of which 4 have already been imported from Germany and is in usage.  

Meanwhile, JSW Steel expects total LMO supplies during April 2021 to be over 20,000 tonnes. JSW Group Chairman Sajjan Jindal on Tuesday said saving life is more important than producing steel and JSW would ramp up supply of liquid medical oxygen to fulfil the shortage of the life-saving gas amid sharp rise in COVID cases.  

“Saving lives is more important than producing steel and production can suffer for as long as the country is in need of any resource available with the company,” he said.  

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