The company’s Jamnagar refineries in Gujarat initially produced 100 tonnes of medical-grade oxygen, which quickly grew to over 700 tonnes, people familiar with the issue said.
Supplies destined for states like Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh will bring relief to more than 70,000 critically ill patients every day.
The company plans to increase medical-grade oxygen production capacity to 1,000 tons, sources said, without giving a schedule.
An email sent to the company for comment went unanswered.
Medical grade oxygen is not a product made at Jamnagar refineries, which transform crude oil into products such as diesel, gasoline and jet fuel.
But with the demand for oxygen increasing due to a rapid increase in coronavirus cases, Reliance has installed equipment and processes to produce and deliver medical grade oxygen.
Sources said industrial oxygen was being diverted to produce medical grade oxygen.
“Every day, nearly 700 tons of oxygen are supplied to the states of India. This will provide relief to more than 70,000 critically ill patients every day,” said one of the people.
All oxygen supply, including transport in special tankers at minus 183 degrees Celsius, is carried out at no cost to state governments, sources said, adding that it was part of the initiative. Corporate CSR.
The state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) have also started diverting oxygen produced at their refineries to supplement the availability of medical oxygen in states most affected by COVID- 19.
The IOC said on Monday it had “started providing 150 tons of oxygen free of charge to various hospitals in Delhi, Haryana and the Punjab.”
In addition, BPCL said it has started providing 100 tonnes of oxygen free of charge.
Petroleum refineries can produce limited volumes of industrial oxygen in air separation plants for nitrogen production. The purification of other gases such as carbon dioxide can convert it to oxygen for medical use with a purity of 99.9%.
Dhanraj Nathwani, vice president of the Gujarat Cricket Association and close associate of the Reliance promoters, said in a tweet on Tuesday: “400 tons of oxygen are supplied to #Gujarat by the Reliance Jamnagar, daily. This shows our commitment to the Gujarat. “
Her father and Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani tweeted: “RIL has always been at the forefront of supporting the nation at times like these. Oxygen produced at our Jamnagar refinery is supplied to from many states. We provide oxygen to Gujarat daily. Being a Gujarati company, our commitment to Guj is unquestionable. “
Senior Nathwani is Director of Corporate Affairs at Reliance.
Reliance operates the world’s largest oil refining complex in Jamnagar, Gujarat.
Sources said the supply of medical grade oxygen is another initiative by Reliance Industries and the Reliance Foundation to provide relief in the ongoing pandemic.
The Reliance Foundation set up the country’s first COVID hospital in Mumbai in collaboration with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The 100-bed hospital was set up in just two weeks, which was quickly expanded to 250 beds.
Reliance also built a fully equipped isolation center in Lodhivali, Maharashtra and handed it over to the district authorities.
In addition, the Reliance Foundation supported the establishment of a quarantine service for suspected patients at the Spandan Holistic Mother-And-Child Care Hospital in Mumbai.
He also supported the digital and medical infrastructure of the Sardar Patel COVID-19 Care Center, Delhi.
In addition, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital has set up an exclusive 10 bed dialysis center at HBT Trauma Hospital in Mumbai in collaboration with BMC.
The Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital was the first institute in Maharashtra identified by the ICMR to be part of a multi-center clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of plasma therapy.
Reliance also produces 1,00,000 PPE and face masks per day for healthcare and frontline workers in India.
To keep emergency services uninterrupted during last year’s nationwide lockdown, Reliance provided more than 5.5 lakh of free fuel, supporting more than 14,000 ambulances in 249 districts in 18 states.
Reliance Life Sciences provides test kits and consumables for efficient testing, helping to improve India’s testing capacity.
To support marginalized and underfunded communities during the lockdown, Reliance Foundation launched Mission Anna Seva, the largest meal distribution program undertaken by a corporate foundation anywhere in the world.
Mission Anna Seva has provided more than 5.5 crore of meals in more than 80 districts, 18 states and 1 Union Territory.
Reliance also donated Rs 556 crore to various relief funds including the PM-CARES fund.
In addition, the Reliance Foundation launched Mission Covid Suraksha, a mask distribution program, to reinforce the message of preventing the spread of the coronavirus by wearing a mask.
The Reliance Foundation has distributed more than 67 lakh masks to frontline workers and vulnerable communities in 21 states and 2 Union Territories, sources said.
Reliance Retail, the group’s retail subsidiary, ensures the availability of essential products in the 736 grocery stores.
In addition to home delivery services for seniors, take-out orders to stores have also been made easier so consumers and staff are not exposed.
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