Amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, BHEL (Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd.) has been operating on a war footing to help the country. BHEL’s plants located in Bhopal and Haridwar have responded to the situation with all available resources at their command to supply medical oxygen in and around their vicinity.
BHEL Haridwar was having a capacity to produce 24,000 cubic meters (CuM) oxygen per day for captive usage through the internal pipelines. Seeing the acute shortage of medical oxygen during mid-April in the country, the plant created cylinder filling capacity for over 3,000 cylinders per day in a record-breaking time of one week along with putting in the entire logistics and manpower working day and night to handle over 3000 cylinders a day.
Till now, this plant has filled almost 67,000 cylinders (over 3,87,000 CuM) of medical oxygen for meeting requirements of hospitals and district authorities, PSUs, armed forces in Uttarakhand, UP as well as Delhi NCR, thus saving thousands of lives in this crisis.
Similarly, BHEL’s Bhopal plant has supplied over 1,74,000 cubic meters of oxygen (over 26,000 cylinders) to many Hospitals of Madhya Pradesh including Kasturba Hospital, Military Hospital, AIIMS, Railway Hospital, and Police Hospital, in addition to various private Hospitals of the state.
To meet emergency requirements of oxygen for medical use, BHEL’s Hyderabad unit has also revived a 40-year-old oxygen plant that was not operating for the last 12 years. Servicing and overhauling were undertaken on an emergency basis and through relentless efforts, the project was completed in record time. The plant will support hospitals through the supply of medical oxygen to the extent of about 2000 CuM per day.
Further efforts are underway for increasing the oxygen production capacity in other units too. BHEL stands firm in its resolve to contribute wholeheartedly to meet the national requirements amid this pandemic.
BHEL is one of the largest and major engineering and manufacturing companies in India engaged in the design, engineering, construction, testing, commissioning, and servicing of a wide range of products and services with over 180 product offerings to fulfill the ever-growing needs of the core sectors of the economy.