Johnson Matthey (JM) is donating two 3,000 litre cryogenic bulk liquid tanks to the NHS to be used for oxygen storage in hospitals in the UK amid the current coronavirus crisis.

The tanks had been installed at JM’s new battery materials application centre at the science and technology park in Milton Park, Oxfordshire, which was due to be opened later this year.

But following a call from Air Liquide, who had been in conversations with the NHS about ensuring they had sufficient storage equipment in hospitals, JM immediately agreed to donate the tanks, given the unprecedented nature of the current emergency.

Installation of a liquid oxygen supply system at another JM’s plant in the north east of England has also been suspended, and a further tank will be redeployed to the NHS.

Andru O’Farill, Head of Application Testing, Engineering and Maintenance for Battery Materials, said, “When we received the call, it was an instant decision. We’re delighted to help the NHS in a small way by releasing these tanks for use in hospitals.”

“They hadn’t been used so it will be simple to hand them over. It’s important that we all do our bit to help and I’m proud that we’ve been able to do that. Thanks to the whole team for helping make this happen.”

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Source: Johnson Matthey