Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP), has risen to the occasion by helping the critical Covid19 patients to breathe since the pandemic broke out. Ever since the outbreak of the pandemic, Visakhapatnam Steel Plant is catering to the demand for oxygen in the state hospitals.
Oxygen is required in the steel plants for the production of the steel with the basic oxygen process. Uptill now, RINL has supplied 8,842 tonnes of liquid oxygen to Andhra Pradesh and other states. According to sources, RINL has supplied about 400 tonnes of liquid oxygen to the states in April so far.
A statement issued by the senior officer of RINL said, “The Air Separation Plant (ASP) in RINL has a total of five units of oxygen extraction plants for 7.3 mtpa capacity steel plants. Of this, three units are of 550 tonnes/day capacity and two are of 600 tonnes/day capacity.” Every day on average, ASP produces 2,600 tonnes of oxygen gas and 100 tonnes of liquid oxygen, he added.
This liquid oxygen of 100 tonnes is being given out for medical purposes, he confirmed. Every day on average, ASP produces 2,600 tonnes of oxygen in gas form, and 100 tonnes in liquid form, which is supplied for medical purposes. The sources said oxygen is an important raw material in steel production as it refines the hot metal produced from the blast furnace.
Speaking to Hello Vizag, Joint secretary of Steel Executives Federation of India said the RINL rose to meet the oxygen requirements for Covid patients during the crisis. RINL was committed to alleviate the sufferings of people. Though oxygen is a major material for steel production, Visakhapatnam steel is supplying liquid oxygen as a social responsibility.
Indeed we know the pain of Covid-19 patients due to shortage in provision of oxygen during medical treatment as we lost many of our colleagues to the pandemic in the first and the second waves.” Nearly 20 VSP employees succumbed to Covid-19 while another five died of the disease in April this year. More than 100 VSP employees have been infected.