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Centre says it expects deliveries of 1,27,000 oxygen cylinders starting April end

Out of the aforementioned oxygen cylinders, 54,000 will be jumbo cylinders while 73,000 will be regular cylinders.

April 30, 2021 / 07:35 PM IST
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has formed a Task Force on Oxygen Supply Chain.

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has formed a Task Force on Oxygen Supply Chain.

The central government on April 30 said it expects deliveries of 1,27,000 oxygen cylinders  starting April end to help manage the shortage of oxygen across the country.

Out of the aforementioned oxygen cylinders, 54,000 will be jumbo cylinders while 73,000 will be regular cylinders, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said at the press briefing on the actions taken, preparedness and updates on COVID-19 on April 30.

The central government also said that it has so far placed orders for 200 MT oxygen from SSB Cryogenic Singapore and Abu Dhabi, an order for 1,500 MT of oxygen has also been given to be sourced from abroad.

The government added that efforts are being made to increase the availability of oxygen tankers to more than 2,000, from the existing 1,224 oxygen tankers with 16,732 MT capacity, through conversion of 50% of existing nitrogen and argon tankers & through import of 138 cryogenic tankers for oxygen.