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Covid-19: Vedanta Offers To Supply Oxygen From Its Closed Sterlite Copper Facility In Tuticorin | India News


CHENNAI: Major Metals Vedanta Limited on Tuesday offered to support the Center and several states, including Tamil Nadu, in their fight against Covid-19 by supplying oxygen from its closed Sterlite Copper facility in Tuticorin.
There are two oxygen plants, which can operate independently, supplying around 1,000 tons per day (tpd) of oxygen to various state governments in view of the urgent need to offer their support to governments’ efforts to meet the growing demand. .
“The two plants have a capacity of 500 tpd each. As the permit is granted, we can quickly prepare one plant and begin supplying oxygen to the needy states. By then, the second plant would also be ready to allow us to supply 1,000. tpd at this critical time, “Sterlite Copper sources told TOI.
Tamil Nadu Prime Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami, after reviewing the Covid-19 situation in the state, ordered the industries department to grant temporary licenses to industrial units that are willing to supply oxygen during the critical time.
Sterlite Copper, part of the Vedanta Group, has reached out to the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Harsh Vardhan, and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, through separate letters conveying its offer of assistance. The company has also filed a petition detailing this offer of support in the Supreme Court, in light of ongoing legal proceedings.
“The Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin contains two oxygen plants, with a combined capacity to produce 1,000 tons of oxygen per day. We would like to offer these facilities for your use now, to ensure that this vital product is not lacking in the nation, and also to join the commendable efforts of our Prime Minister at this critical juncture. ”Pankaj Kumar, CEO, Sterlite Copper he said in his letter to the Union’s health minister.
“We would be grateful to have this opportunity to support the needs of the nation. Our personnel are prepared to put these two plants into operation in the shortest possible time and begin to send oxygen to the critical areas according to their indications, ”he said in the letter.
In a separate letter to Palaniswami, Kumar said that Covid-19 cases were increasing at a rapid rate in Tamil Nadu and other states. Most state governments have faced an oxygen supply shortage to treat the growing number of Covid patients.
“The oxygen plant is currently closed due to orders approved by the TNPCB and the state government… This is a humble request to grant us the necessary permission and allow us to operate the oxygen plant, which will be critical to supporting state governments. in these critical times ”, he said in his letter to the CM.

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