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Oxygen plant set up at RCF Hospital

A medical oxygen plant has been installed at Rail Coach Factory to provide regular oxygen supply to patients admitted in Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital on the campus. It has a capacity of 83 litres per minute, which can supply medical oxygen to about 20 patients round the clock.

The plant was today inaugurated by Neeta Gupta, president, RCF Women’s Welfare Organisation. The plant has been set up at a cost of Rs 23 lakh. During April-May this year, the country was left reeling under the shortage of medical oxygen as Covid patients kept thronging the hospitals. The RCF came forward to supply 1,210 kg of liquid oxygen from its oxygen plant to Guru Nanak Medical College and Hospital, Amritsar. Supply of this liquid oxygen though had some effect o¬n RCF’s coach production, but the supply proved to be helpful to deal with the emergency needs of corona patients.

The plant is based on pressure swing absorption (PSA) technology wherein the compressed air which contains 21% oxygen and 78% nitrogen passes through a filter for storage in air accommodator and subsequently through coal tower for absorption of hydrocarbon molecules. This air then splits into two phases, with one phase containing 93-95% pure oxygen and other phase containing nitrogen to vent to atmosphere. The produced oxygen is stored in storage tank through a sterilising filter for constant supply to hospital. The plant has been installed by M/s. High Tech Engineered Solutions, Mandi Gobingarh. The Tribune