DRDO installs 2 plants that produce 1000 litre of oxygen per minute

To tackle the surge in Covid-19 cases and subsequent requirement of oxygen, the Defence Research and Development Organisation has installed two oxygen plants at the All India Institute of Medical Science Trauma Centre and Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi.

“These plants will start functioning today,” a DRDO official said.

These Medical Oxygen Plants are designed for a flow rate of 1,000 litres per minute (LPM). The system can cater to 190 patients at a flow rate of 5 LPM and charge 195 cylinders per day.

It will also establish three more plants in Delhi and Haryana within this week. These include Safdarjung Hospital and Lady Hardinge Medical College in Delhi and AIIMS in Jhajjar, Haryana.

These plants are being set up using the PM-Cares Fund. At least 500 such plants will be installed across the country within three months.

The plants, which have been set up in Delhi, were supplied by Coimbatore-based Trident Pneumatics Limited, a technology partner of DRDO and has been given an order of 48 plants.

“Order of 332 plants have been placed with Tata Advanced Systems Limited and the delivery will start from mid–May. The delivery schedule is being monitored very closely to deliver before the plants time. Sites are being prepared at each hospital in parallel,” the DRDO said.

The Medical Oxygen Plant technology has been developed by DRDO based on the On‐Board Oxygen Generation for indigenous LCA Tejas.

“These plants will overcome the logistics issues of oxygen transportation and help the Covid-19 patients in emergency,” it said.

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research has also ordered 120 MOP plants through its industries.