Power outage at Ballari oxygen plants cuts Karnataka’s O2 production by 20%

Karnataka will see a 20% drop in oxygen supply over the next two days after production was hit at two manufacturing plants in Ballari district due to a power outage, government officials said. .

In a letter to all deputy commissioners and officials of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the chief secretary, P. Ravi Kumar, said oxygen production had decreased by 220 tonnes.

“Expect and be prepared for a 20% reduction in the supply of all refills on Monday and Tuesday, and districts should plan now for oxygen stocks and buffer stock usage and use buffer stock if the situation requires it. ” Ravi Kumar added.

However, Munish Moudgil, who is in charge of oxygen management in Karnataka, said there was no need to “panic”.

“We have the problem with the factories tripping. But we have done our best to minimize the impact and everyone is in perfect coordination to handle the situation, ”he said.

“The daily supply of Karnataka is around 850 MT. We have back-up supplies to deal with production shutdowns at two factories. Each district and BBMP have built an oxygen buffer stock to immediately handle any emergency. Oxygen An audit of oxygen usage takes place daily to ensure optimal oxygen usage in accordance with all hospital guidelines, ”explained Moudgil.

The chief secretary in his circular said the oxygen supply is expected to stabilize by Wednesday morning.

Karnataka Minister of Mines and Geology Murugesh Nirani recently denied claims that the state faces a shortage of medical oxygen supply even as Covid cases peaked earlier this month – this. He said there was only a shortage of oxygen cylinders.

“There is no shortage of oxygen in the state. Although we have abundant oxygen, the shortage we face is in the containers to store and transport it. To fill this gap, work to manufacture 500 containers per day is underway in Kalaburagi. Soon we will overcome the shortage of oxygen containers in the state, ”he said. He added that an oxygen cylinder manufacturing plant was being set up by the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).

Nirani also referred to the Karnataka government’s plan to install oxygen generators in all taluks in the state. “The establishment of oxygen generating units in the taluks will help us in the future to overcome the crisis the state is facing today,” he said.

Meanwhile, Industry Minister Jagadish Shettar told Indianexpress.com that the state has yet to obtain approval from the Center to use all of the medical oxygen produced in Karnataka factories for the ‘State itself. “We hope that the Center will allow us to do so in the coming days. This will further increase the amount of medical oxygen that can be delivered to hospitals, ”he said on Monday.

He added: “We are able to manage with the allocation of 1015 MT at the moment. There are currently technical issues at the Jindal plant (in Ballari) for which steps have been taken to ensure rapid resolution. “

Earlier last week, Karnataka sought to halt the supply of 145 MT and 63 MT of medical oxygen to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh respectively, with the exception of the 40 MT assigned to Maharashtra.

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