Considering the requirement of medical oxygen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic situation, the Government of India explored the feasibility of converting existing nitrogen plants to produce oxygen. Various such potential industries, wherein existing nitrogen plants may be spared for oxygen production, were identified. On deliberation with the industries, 14 industries have been identified where conversion of plants is under progress. Further, 37 Nitrogen plants have also been 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 it can be used for the on-site production of oxygen, which can be transported to the hospital through specialized vessels/cylinders.
Principal Secretary to PM, Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, Secretary Road Transport & Highways & other senior officials participated in the meeting.