Afrox, Air Liquide issue notices of force majeure in South Africa as oxygen usage surges amid Covid-19 second wave


Afrox and Air Liquide have issued separate notices of force majeure to their industrial customers in South Africa as medical grade oxygen usage surges in the country amid a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

Both companies have independently confirmed to gasworld that they are aware of the rising requirements for medical oxygen and are actively ensuring that adequate supply is available to meet those needs.

“Afrox has adequate reserves of liquid oxygen in storage across South Africa and has supplied oxygen as required by public and private hospitals in all provinces at substantially higher than normal demand levels. Installed production capacity is more than 630 tonnes per day,” Schalk Venter, Afrox Managing Director, told gasworld.

“In understanding medical oxygen supply to a medical institution like a hospital, the supply chain of conversion of the oxygen contained in the atmosphere into a pure liquid phase and transported via various logistical means and delivery systems back into a gas phase and into the lungs of patient, must be considered.”

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