May 17, 2021


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Danger with oxygen

Linde and Spectra imports from India stopped for five days
Daily demand increased by 100 tons and exceeded 200 tons
Medical supply is being increased by reducing the industry
Infections and deaths are on the rise in the country due to the second wave of coronavirus. The demand for oxygen in hospitals is increasing by leaps and bounds. Domestic producers are struggling to meet the demand. Concerned individuals are concerned about the lack of adequate supply of oxygen as opposed to the huge demand. Meanwhile, the country has suspended oxygen exports to meet the internal crisis as the Corona epidemic has reached alarming proportions. In this situation, if alternative preparations are not made now, the oxygen crisis could become as dire as in India.

Concerned individuals say that four companies in the country produce oxygen. These are Linde Bangladesh, Spectra Oxygen, Islam Oxygen and Bangladesh Industrial Gas. Before the Corona epidemic, the country had a daily demand of 100 tons of medical grade oxygen. But in the second wave of corona, that demand has increased to more than 200 tons. This demand may increase further.

According to sources, Linde Bangladesh supplies more than 50 percent of the liquid oxygen supplied daily to the country’s major hospitals. The company is currently supplying 90 tons of oxygen per day. Spectra is supplying the second highest 45 tons of oxygen. Islam is providing the rest, including oxygen.

At present there is a supply of 135 tons against the demand of more than 200 tons. But the supply of more than 60 tonnes has been reduced due to the recent cessation of oxygen imports from India to Bangladesh and Spectra. In this situation, if you do not think of an alternative now, the danger may come down if the situation does not get worse.

Private United Hospital Director (Public Relations) said. Sagufta Anwar told Kaler Kanth, ‘Naturally, the use of oxygen in the second wave of corona has increased more than before. The demand for oxygen in our hospital has increased four times more than usual. However, there is no supply crisis yet.

It is learned that oxygen and nitrogen are produced in the factory of Linde in Rupganj of Narayanganj. On December 11 last year, the compressor motor at the plant burned down and production stopped. In this situation, they used to bring 60 tons of liquid oxygen in 10 tankers every day from their factory in Jharkhand, India. On the other hand, the Chittagong plant could be shut down at any time.

Sayka Majed, manager of human resources at Linde Bangladesh, told Kaler Kantha on Monday, “Production at our Rupganj factory stopped on December 11. Later I brought a new motor and started it. We have another factory in India. Oxygen was being brought from there to meet the additional demand in Corona. But oxygen has not been coming from India for five days. I have heard that the Government of India has instructed all plant operators to suspend exports. In this situation we are trying to handle the situation by reducing the supply in the industrial sector. We have a demand of more than 120 tons per day. We are producing 90 tons.

Spectra is supplying 45 tons of oxygen per day. They imported 20 tons locally and 25 tons from India. But the import of liquid oxygen from India has stopped. Engineer Khalilur Rahman, chief operating officer of the company, said, “Medical oxygen demand is higher now than ever before.” My guess is that at the moment I need more than 200 tons of oxygen a day. At full capacity, we are currently delivering 45 tons of oxygen a day. We are trying our best to meet the demand. But if the demand suddenly increases several times, it will not be possible for us to increase production overnight. ‘

Director of the Department of Health (hospitals and clinics) said. Farid Hossain Miah said, “The demand for medical oxygen in Corona has increased by 40 per cent more than usual.” Two companies in the country (Linde and Spectra) are supplying 160 tons of liquid oxygen a day. But there is a deficit in the amount of oituku they used to import from India. I urge the local small companies to come forward to handle the situation. We’re trying to figure out how to increase production through existing companies and new ones. ”

According to sources, the Department of Health has started looking for new sources in the existing situation. Abul Khair Steel Melting Limited is one of the three companies contacted by the department as a new source. The company’s daily production capacity at its Sitakunda plant is 250 tons. However, the capacity to produce liquefied oxygen is only 15 tons. The company is not involved in the sale of medical grade oxygen. However, considering the Kavid situation, the Department of Drug Administration has given them temporary approval.