India’s largest manufacturer of industrial & medical gases – INOX Air Products (INOXAP) – has expanded the country’s oxygen production capacity following its commissioning of an oxygen plant in just 15 months at steel company’s ArcelorMittal’s Hazira Unit.

Compared to the global industry standard of 27 months from design to commissioning, the new facility sets a new benchmark in the industrial gases industry. 

At a cost of 350 crore (£35.8m), the new air separation unit (ASU) marks the 5th of its kind at the Hazira Unit of ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India (AM/NS India). 

With a capacity to produce 700 tonnes per day of oxygen and 300 TPD of nitrogen, alongside other liquid medical and industrial gas, the new ASU raises the combined production capacity of the gas complex to more than 9000 TPD. 

Team INOXAP at 5th ASU at AM NS India Hazira

Team INOXAP at 5th ASU at AM NS India Hazira

Source: INOXAP

The development comes just three months after INOXAP’s installation of a second ASU at the Steel Authority of India’s (SAIL) Bokaro plant in Jharkhand. 

Commenting on the new facility, Siddharth Jain, Executive Director, INOXAP, said, “In the process of setting up our 5th ASU at the Hazira Unit, we have rewritten the ASU installation timelines in the global industrial gases business landscape.” 

“We have created new benchmarks with our innovative approach towards engineering and project management, with meticulous execution.” 

Having begun work on the ASU in February 2021, INOXAP was forced to deal with the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and disruptions to global shipping supply chains. 

As one of the country’s hardest hit by Covid-19, India experienced rampant medical oxygen shortages. During a 14-month lockdown period, INOXAP installed more than 130 medical oxygen storage tanks at various hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country.

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