PM reviews progress of converting nitrogen plants to oxygen plants

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reviewed the progress of converting nitrogen plants to oxygen plants, as the country is facing second wave of Covid-19 and witnessing growing demand of oxygen to fight the virus.

Considering the requirement of medical oxygen amidst the second surge of COVID-19 pandemic, the Centre explored the feasibility of conversion of existing nitrogen plants to produce oxygen.

During the meeting, various such potential industries, wherein existing nitrogen plants may be spared for production of oxygen were identified and the process of converting the existing Pressure Swing Absorption (PSA) nitrogen plants for production of oxygen was discussed.

On deliberation with the industries, so far 14 industries have been identified where conversion of plants is under progress. Further 37 Nitrogen plants have been also identified with the help of industry associations.

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 be transported to hospital through specialised vessels/cylinders.

Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, Secretary Road Transport & Highways and other senior officials participated in the meeting.