Kushal Kumar Jha
DRDO to set up 500 Medical Oxygen Plants within 3 months under PM CARES Fund
The Medical Oxygen Plant (MOP) technology developed by DRDO for On‐Board Oxygen Generation for LCA, Tejas by DEBEL, DRDO will now help in fighting the current crisis of Oxygen for the COVID-19 patients. The Oxygen plant is designed for a capacity of 1000 liters per minute. The system caters to 190 patients at a flow rate of 5 LPM and can charge 195 cylinders per day. Transfer of Technology has been done to M/s Tata Advanced Systems Limited, Bengaluru, and M/s Trident Pneumatics Pvt. Ltd., Coimbatore, who will be producing 380 plants for installation across various hospitals in the country. 120 plants of 500 liters per minute capacity will be produced by industries working with the Indian Institute of Petroleum, Dehradun, belonging to CSIR. Oxygen is a very important clinical gas in health care centres and hospitals for the treatment of COVID‐19 Patients. Medical Oxygen Plant (MOP) technology is capable of generating oxygen with 93±3% concentration which can be directly supplied to hospital beds or can be used to fill medical oxygen cylinders. It utilizes the Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technique and Molecular Sieve (Zeolite) technology to generate oxygen directly from atmospheric air. MOP technology will be useful to provide oxygen supply during Corona Pandemic in hospitals in urban and rural areas. Hospitals will be able to generate on-site medical oxygen, in a cost-effective manner with this oxygen plant rather than depending upon sourcing it from other places. The installation of this plant helps in avoiding hospital dependency on scarce oxygen cylinders especially at high altitudes and inaccessible remote areas. MOP has already been installed at some of the Army sites in the North East and Leh-Ladakh Region. The plant complies with International Standards like ISO 1008, European, US, and Indian Pharmacopeia. Site preparation for 5 plants to be installed in Delhi/NCR region has already been initiated. DRDO has initiated fabrication of 380 numbers of Medical Oxygen Plants with the release of Supply Orders for 332 numbers on M/s Tata Advanced Systems Limited, Bengaluru, and 48 numbers on M/s Trident Pneumatics Pvt. Ltd., Coimbatore with a target of producing 125 plants per month under PM CARES Fund. With this, it is expected that 380 Medical Oxygen Plants will be installed within three months. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh appreciated DRDO for using the MOP technology to generate much-needed oxygen for COVID-19 patients which will help in overcoming the present crisis. Secretary DDR&D & Chairman DRDO, Dr. G Satheesh Reddy has assured the support of DRDO for use of the technology by hospitals and other health agencies.