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Breaking: India reaches out to global industrial gas community as oxygen crisis escalates

Breaking: India reaches out to global industrial gas community as oxygen crisis escalates

As India continues to grapple with a surge in Covid-19 cases and an escalating oxygen crisis, the country is turning to the international industrial gas community for urgent help in meeting its oxygen needs.

gasworld understands that the Indian High Commissions across the Middle East, Europe and Asia are all approaching gas companies and gas associations for help.

According to Saket Tiku – President of the All Indian Industrial gas Manufacturers Association (AIIGMA) – the demand for medical oxygen in India increased from the norm of 800 tonnes per day (tpd) to 3,000 tpd in the first pandemic spike, but in this second and still climbing wave that figures has doubled to 6,000 tpd.

Tiku has for the past nine months being co-opted onto a special committee set up by Prime Minister Modi. Conditions have worsened as we have seen on many TV channels and media reports, and gasworld now understands the Indian Government has put out a tender for 50,000 tonnes of medical liquid oxygen. That tender is open to the international community as well as those within India.

The Indian Government is quite simply asking for the international community to help with liquid oxygen (LOX) supplies, equipment supplies and even human resources to help counter the unprecedented demand for oxygen from the spiralling number of patients in hospitals.

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