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About 70 Maharashtra sugar mills gear up for oxygen manufacturing

To meet the rising demand for professional medical oxygen to treat Covid-19 patients, about 70 sugar mills in Maharashtra are gearing up for production oxygen.

“This is a timely step taken by mills in Maharashtra. About twenty five mills are presently in the system to set up oxygen vegetation and we are concentrating on about 60-70 sugar mills that have monetarily carried out really very well. Bulk of these mills are in rural places and the demand for oxygen here could be fulfilled by sugar mills,” reported Prakash Naiknavare, MD, Nationwide Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories (NFCSF).

He added, “Mills will want to modify distilleries for oxygen production. Also, mills will have to acquire care that the commitments of ethanol source are fulfilled. With oxygen production, mills are shouldering social accountability. Also, this could be a company product for the mills.”

Naiknavare added that NFCSF is going to examine oxygen production with sugar mills in other States.

Orders pour in

BB Thombare, President of West Indian Sugar Mill Affiliation (WISMA), informed BusinessLine that 15 mills together with private and cooperative mills have positioned orders for skid-mounted oxygen production models. “We have approached brands in China, Taiwan as community brands reported they would involve eight-ten months to fulfil the orders. Each plant has the capability to refill 90-100 oxygen cylinders everyday which will be offered to authorities and private hospitals at a nominal cost,” reported Thombare.

He added that mills have positioned orders for 600 oxygen concentrators.

WISMA has appealed to sugar mills aross the place to set up just one plant each and procure twenty five oxygen concentrators to meet the oxygen prerequisite in their localities.

Not too long ago, Nationalist Congress Get together (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar experienced held a assembly of millers to examine oxygen production in mills. Of the one hundred ninety sugar mills that started crushing this time in Maharashtra, 167 mills have shut their crushing functions and 23 sugar mills are continue to functioning.

Small business product?

Previous calendar year, as Covid-19 circumstances multiplied, a lot of sugar mills started sanitiser production. In accordance to sector players, mills benefited from sanitiser production inspite of selling the product or service at negligible premiums.

In accordance to some of the critical players in the sector, sugar mills have no program to manufacture oxygen and want molecular sieve modification in ethanol plant for filtering oxygen. “What comes about to the investment decision when there will be no demand for medicinal oxygen?,” just one of the senior sector players reiterated talking to BusinessLine.

Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) headed by Sharad Pawar, NFCSF and WISMA are jointly functioning on a extensive-time period system on oxygen production so that mills keep on to be in the company even following the demand for professional medical oxygen recedes.