As the country grapples with the surging wave of COVID 19, the impending requirement of medical oxygen has been continuously highlighted. With the everlasting need of it, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) has successfully boosted its production, thereby becoming India’s largest producer of medical-grade liquid oxygen from a single location, by producing 1000 metric tons a day.
According to the latest statement made by the company, RIL has now become India’s “largest producer of medical-grade liquid oxygen from a single location”, also mentioned in it is that company chairman Mukesh Ambani is personally supervising the scale-up of production and transportation efforts at Gujarat’s Jamnagar.
“In April 2021, Reliance supplied over 15,000 MT of medical-grade liquid oxygen free of cost, helping nearly 15 lakh patients,” the statement read.
Reliance Industries Limited, at its refinery-cum-petrochemical facility in Jamnagar and other plants is currently producing over eleven per cent of the country’s total production of medical-grade liquid oxygen and hence catering to one in every ten patients.
“Traditionally, Reliance is not a manufacturer of medical grade liquid oxygen. Yet, starting from nil before the pandemic, Reliance Industries has now become India’s largest producer of this life-saving resource from a single location,” RIL said in a media statement.
As per the industry, it has airlifted 24 ISO containers and is bringing more such from countries like Saudi Arabia, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and Thailand that shall aid in the transportation of oxygen. This step shall create an additional 500 tonnes of transportation capacity for India. Also, RIL has expressed its gratitude to Saudi Aramco, the Saudi Arabian oil company, the British Petroleum (BP), and the Indian Air Force (IAF) for making transportation happen.
Commenting on these initiatives, Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited, said, “For me and all of us at Reliance, nothing is more important than saving every life as India battles against a new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
To boost the availability of oxygen in the country, the company refocused its attention on the processes at its facility in Jamnagar to scale up the oxygen production rapidly. Further, it also sought to work upon its transportation capabilities, thereby ensuring a hassle-free movement at these times of emergency.
Nita Ambani, Founder-Chairperson of Reliance Foundation, said, “Our country is going through an unprecedented crisis. We at Reliance Foundation will continue to do everything we can to help. Every life is precious. Our plants at our Jamnagar refinery have been repurposed overnight to produce medical grade liquid oxygen that is being distributed across India. Our thoughts and prayers are with our fellow countrymen and women. Together, we will overcome these difficult times.”
The company is also providing the produced oxygen free-of-cost to several state governments across the country. The conglomerate had in the past provided over 55,000 MT of medical-grade liquid oxygen since the beginning of the pandemic, across the nation. To do away with the transportation constraints the company proclaimed that its engineers had made some needful changes in the rail and road transport like laying parallel lines, using hoses etc.
Also noteworthy is the fact that Reliance had contributed 875 beds at a COVID 19 care unit in Mumbai and had also set up new hospital wards and ICU beds in the city.