About 70 Maharashtra sugar mills gear up for oxygen manufacturing


To meet up with the rising desire for clinical oxygen to handle Covid-19 people, about 70 sugar mills in Maharashtra are gearing up for manufacturing oxygen.

“This is a timely action taken by mills in Maharashtra. About 25 mills are presently in the approach to established up oxygen crops and we are focusing on about 60-70 sugar mills that have fiscally performed quite well. The vast majority of these mills are in rural regions and the desire for oxygen right here could be fulfilled by sugar mills,” reported Prakash Naiknavare, MD, Nationwide Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories (NFCSF).

He added, “Mills will want to modify distilleries for oxygen manufacturing. Also, mills will have to get treatment that the commitments of ethanol offer are fulfilled. With oxygen manufacturing, mills are shouldering social duty. Also, this could be a company model for the mills.”

Naiknavare added that NFCSF is likely to examine oxygen manufacturing with sugar mills in other States.

Orders pour in

BB Thombare, President of West Indian Sugar Mill Affiliation (WISMA), advised BusinessLine that 15 mills which includes personal and cooperative mills have placed orders for skid-mounted oxygen manufacturing models. “We have approached producers in China, Taiwan as regional producers reported they would demand 8-ten months to fulfil the orders. Just about every plant has the capacity to refill ninety-a hundred oxygen cylinders day-to-day which will be furnished to federal government and personal hospitals at a nominal rate,” reported Thombare.

He added that mills have placed orders for 600 oxygen concentrators.

WISMA has appealed to sugar mills aross the state to established up one plant every single and procure 25 oxygen concentrators to meet up with the oxygen requirement in their localities.

Just lately, Nationalist Congress Bash (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar had held a conference of millers to examine oxygen manufacturing in mills. Of the 190 sugar mills that started crushing this time in Maharashtra, 167 mills have closed their crushing functions and 23 sugar mills are still operating.

Organization model?

Very last calendar year, as Covid-19 cases multiplied, lots of sugar mills started sanitiser manufacturing. According to industry gamers, mills benefited from sanitiser manufacturing inspite of offering the solution at small prices.

According to some of the key gamers in the industry, sugar mills have no method to manufacture oxygen and want molecular sieve modification in ethanol plant for filtering oxygen. “What takes place to the financial commitment when there will be no desire for medicinal oxygen?,” one of the senior industry gamers reiterated speaking to BusinessLine.

Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) headed by Sharad Pawar, NFCSF and WISMA are jointly operating on a prolonged-phrase plan on oxygen manufacturing so that mills continue to be in the company even just after the desire for clinical oxygen recedes.