Telangana: MEIL to supply 500-600 medical oxygen cylinders | Live Newspaper Hyderabad

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HYDERABAD: To meet the oxygen demand in Telugu states, the Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Ltd (MEIL) has come forward to supply 500 to 600 medical oxygen B type cylinders free of cost to hospitals which comes about 3.5 lakh litres of liquid oxygen a day.
The MEIL has submitted its proposal to the Telangana government. The company has also decided to collaborate with the DRDO to construct 40 oxygen generation plants in Telangana.
As per the initiative taken by the engineering major, the MEIL is planning to supply oxygen cylinders each having a capacity of 7,000 litres. The total quantum of supply of oxygen thus will be around 3,50,000 litres.
The company has received requests to refill oxygen cylinders from Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences (50 cylinders), Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital (200), Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences (100) and Hyderabad Care Hi-tech hospital (50). These hospitals have augmented their Covid-19 bed strength based on the spurt in cases.
Apart from this, according to the state government, MEIL with the technical support of DRDO, is contemplating to construct 30-40 oxygen generation plants. Each plant can generate 150-1000 litres per minute based on the technology of on-board oxygen generation used in fighter planes. Director DRDO Col BS Rawat has been appointed senior scientist Dr Raghavendra Rao to coordinate the initiative.
The engineering company is currently manufacturing 30 MT oxygen a day through cryogenic oxygen liquefaction plant and the same will be installed and commissioned at ITC Bhadrachalam by May 13. The cryogenic oxygen will then be converted into usable liquid oxygen for medical purposes at the MEIL facilities.
Sources said that if required by the state governments’ MEIL is ready to import 10-15 cryogenic oxygen tanks from its own unit in Spain which will help in the sourcing and movement of liquid oxygen.

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