37 Nitrogen plants identified for conversion.
Considering the needs of medical oxygen amidst the Covid pandemic, the GOI explored the feasibility of conversion of Nitrogen plants. Various such potential industries where existing Nitrogen plants can be spared was identified.
A nitrogen plant modified for production of oxygen can either be shifted to a nearby hospital or can be transported to Hospital through specialised vessels/ cylinders. The process is underway in 14 industries, More plants are being identified.
In the nitrogen plants Carbon Molecular Sieve (CMS) is used whereas Zeolite Molecular Sieve (ZMS) is required for producing oxygen. Therefore, by replacing CMS with ZMS and carrying out few other changes such as oxygen analyzer, co ntrol panel system, flow valves etc. existing nitrogen plants can be modified to produce oxygen.