India’s largest manufacturer of industrial & medical gases – INOX Air Products (INOXAP) - is set to boost its medical oxygen production with the installation of a second cryogenic air separation unit (ASU) at the Steel Authority of India’s (SAIL) Bokaro plant in Jharkhand.

Announced today (8th March), the new facility is set to be installed at a cost of 750 crore ($97m) and marks INOXAP’s largest-ever investment in a greenfield oxygen plant in India. 

The ASU will generate a total of 2150 tonnes per day (TPD) of industrial gases, including 2000 TPD of gaseous oxygen, 150 TPD of liquid oxygen, 1200 TPD of gaseous nitrogen and 100 TPD of Argon. 

News of medical oxygen shortages in India has dominated headlines over the past two years. With the Covid-19 pandemic running rampant across the country, INOXAP sought to satiate the skyrocketing demand for oxygen by ramping up its daily supplies of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) from 400 TPD to 2700 TPD. 

During a 14 month lockdown period in India, the company also installed more than 130 medical oxygen storage tanks at various hospitals and healthcare facilities. 

Stating that INOXAP is committed to ‘servicing the country’s growth drive’, Siddharth Pavan Jain, Director, INOXAP, added, “SAIL’s role in India’s growth journey has been phenomenal, and for us to be able to partner them in their endeavours, serves an inspiration to us, as we do our bit for the nation.” 

“The new ASU would also hugely augment the availability of the vital LMO, not only in Eastern India but across the country.” 

It will also almost double the availability of medical oxygen for INOXAP in Eastern India. 

Last year, the company constructed eight ASU’s across the country as part of a ₹2,000 crore ($276m) development drive.