The Group's production of medical oxygen has been multiplied by 4. Our production and distribution of liquid oxygen is now dedicated to medical usage, unless there is a priority industrial application. Production and distribution have been increased to their maximum capacity. Local teams are mobilised 24/7 with the support of a crisis management committee. In a context where Air Liquide has a regional presence in the country and mostly in two regions (north and west), we are exploring all possibilities to bring more oxygen to Indian patients, including imports.
In this context and in the frame of an action involving several companies, Air Liquide - in relation with the French Government - is working on a solution to import liquid oxygen from abroad into India very rapidly. This solution, currently under study, provides for the supply by Air Liquide of liquid oxygen containers allowing a daily supply for up to 10 000 patients. A first convoy will take place in a few days: 5 large cryogenic mobile containers - today in service in Europe - will be flown to the Middle-East by the services of the French Government. From there, the Air Liquide group will fill the first containers, then the oxygen will be transported by sea to India. In total, the equivalent of about 200 tons of liquid oxygen will be delivered to the Indian hospitals by Air Liquide in coordination with the Indian health authorities.
We will continue to work with our partners, customers and authorities to contribute to the country’s effort in fighting the pandemic.