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Linde embarks on two operations to ease oxygen supply for Covid-19 patients in India

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on April 28, 2021

Working with Railways on RO-RO service and its Asia-Pacific operations for cryogenic tankers

Industrial gas company Linde India has fast-tracked installation works at partner hospitals to ease oxygen supply challenges there. Among others, they have recently installed a 20 KL tank at GMERS Medical College, Junagadh, Gujarat, and another 20 KL tank at Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute, Lucknow.

To help ease distribution bottlenecks, Linde has embarked on two major operations. The company is working closely with the Indian Railways for its Roll-On-Roll-Off (RO-RO) service for faster transportation of medical oxygen to the most critical-need areas. Empty tankers are being ferried closer to its plant locations, where they are filled-up with much needed oxygen and then transported via road to various parts of India.

Secondly, Linde is collaborating with its operations in the Asia-Pacific, including in Singapore, China and Thailand, as well as various Indian industry partners, to transport ISO cryogenic tankers from across the region to India. These containers can carry up to 20 tonnes of Liquid Oxygen over long distances, and upon arrival, the containers will be conditioned and certified for liquid medical oxygen transport from Linde facilities. The tankers can also act as interim oxygen storage in remote areas that are facing oxygen scarcity.

As of today, 8 containers have arrived in India and many more are expected over the next few weeks.

In addition, the company has taken steps to convert industrial volumes to medical oxygen ready to cater to the increasing need. Linde India and Praxair India Pvt. Ltd. collectively manage and operate several plants with air separation and manufacturing capabilities. These plants currently have a combined capacity of more than 2,000 metric tonnes per day (MTPD) and are located across India. Both the companies are also converting their Liquid Nitrogen and Liquid Argon tankers to augment oxygen transportation capacities.

Moloy Banerjee, Head Gases - South Asia, Linde South Asia Services Pvt Ltd said, “As part of the Empowered Group 2 (EG2), we are closely working with Government of India to produce and supply medical oxygen to various parts of the country. All possible efforts are being undertaken to address supply and transportation challenges and we are thankful to our international counterparts and industry partners such as the ITC Group, Tata Group and many more such organisations that are coming forward to lend their support in executing these initiatives. We are committed to support the government in this fight against the debilitating pandemic and will continue to explore other avenues to help address the challenges emerging during these trying times.”

Published on April 28, 2021

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