About 70 Maharashtra sugar mills gear up for oxygen manufacturing

To satisfy the mounting need for professional medical oxygen to take care of Covid-19 individuals, about 70 sugar mills in Maharashtra are gearing up for producing oxygen.

“This is a timely stage taken by mills in Maharashtra. About twenty five mills are now in the approach to set up oxygen crops and we are concentrating on about sixty-70 sugar mills that have financially executed incredibly well. Majority of these mills are in rural areas and the need for oxygen right here could be satisfied by sugar mills,” mentioned Prakash Naiknavare, MD, Countrywide Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories (NFCSF).

He additional, “Mills will require to modify distilleries for oxygen producing. Also, mills will have to acquire treatment that the commitments of ethanol supply are satisfied. With oxygen producing, mills are shouldering social responsibility. Also, this could be a business enterprise model for the mills.”

Naiknavare additional that NFCSF is heading to talk about oxygen producing with sugar mills in other States.

Orders pour in

BB Thombare, President of West Indian Sugar Mill Affiliation (WISMA), informed BusinessLine that 15 mills including non-public and cooperative mills have placed orders for skid-mounted oxygen producing models. “We have approached makers in China, Taiwan as community makers mentioned they would demand 8-10 months to fulfil the orders. Each individual plant has the capacity to refill ninety-one hundred oxygen cylinders each day which will be delivered to govt and non-public hospitals at a nominal price,” mentioned Thombare.

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

WISMA has appealed to sugar mills aross the state to set up 1 plant every single and procure twenty five oxygen concentrators to satisfy the oxygen necessity in their localities.

Lately, Nationalist Congress Bash (NCP) Main Sharad Pawar experienced held a assembly of millers to talk about oxygen producing in mills. Of the 190 sugar mills that started crushing this period in Maharashtra, 167 mills have shut their crushing operations and 23 sugar mills are even now working.

Business model?

Past year, as Covid-19 circumstances multiplied, lots of sugar mills started sanitiser producing. According to industry players, mills benefited from sanitiser producing despite providing the product or service at small prices.

According to some of the key players in the industry, sugar mills have no system to manufacture oxygen and require molecular sieve modification in ethanol plant for filtering oxygen. “What happens to the expenditure when there will be no need for medicinal oxygen?,” 1 of the senior industry players reiterated speaking to BusinessLine.

Vasantdada Sugar Institute (VSI) headed by Sharad Pawar, NFCSF and WISMA are with each other doing work on a very long-phrase strategy on oxygen producing so that mills continue to be in the business enterprise even soon after the need for professional medical oxygen recedes.