To meet up with the mounting demand from customers for healthcare oxygen to handle Covid-19 sufferers, about 70 sugar mills in Maharashtra are gearing up for production oxygen.
“This is a well timed stage taken by mills in Maharashtra. About twenty five mills are presently in the approach to established up oxygen vegetation and we are focusing on about sixty-70 sugar mills that have fiscally carried out incredibly nicely. The greater part of these mills are in rural places and the demand from customers for oxygen listed here could be fulfilled by sugar mills,” mentioned Prakash Naiknavare, MD, Countrywide Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories (NFCSF).
He added, “Mills will want to modify distilleries for oxygen production. Also, mills will have to take care that the commitments of ethanol source are fulfilled. With oxygen production, mills are shouldering social accountability. Also, this could be a business enterprise design for the mills.”
Naiknavare added that NFCSF is heading to go over oxygen production with sugar mills in other States.
Orders pour in
BB Thombare, President of West Indian Sugar Mill Affiliation (WISMA), explained to BusinessLine that 15 mills together with personal and cooperative mills have positioned orders for skid-mounted oxygen production models. “We have approached suppliers in China, Taiwan as area suppliers mentioned they would demand eight-10 months to fulfil the orders. Just about every plant has the ability to refill ninety-a hundred oxygen cylinders day by day which will be furnished to federal government and personal hospitals at a nominal cost,” mentioned Thombare.
He added that mills have positioned orders for 600 oxygen concentrators.
WISMA has appealed to sugar mills aross the state to established up one plant each and every and procure twenty five oxygen concentrators to meet up with the oxygen need in their localities.
Lately, Nationalist Congress Celebration (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar had held a conference of millers to go over oxygen production in mills. Of the 190 sugar mills that started off crushing this time in Maharashtra, 167 mills have closed their crushing operations and 23 sugar mills are nevertheless operating.
Final yr, as Covid-19 cases multiplied, many sugar mills started off sanitiser production. According to market players, mills benefited from sanitiser production in spite of promoting the product or service at minimal prices.
According to some of the essential players in the market, sugar mills have no process to manufacture oxygen and want molecular sieve modification in ethanol plant for filtering oxygen. “What transpires to the financial investment when there will be no demand from customers for medicinal oxygen?,” one of the senior market players reiterated talking to BusinessLine.
Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) headed by Sharad Pawar, NFCSF and WISMA are alongside one another operating on a prolonged-phrase approach on oxygen production so that mills keep on to be in the business enterprise even just after the demand from customers for healthcare oxygen recedes.