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According to sources, the pricey project may not be possible owing to the tiny local market. Shankar Oxygen Gas, Nepal’s sole importer of liquid oxygen, aims to become a producer and is preparing to build a factory in Bhairahawa to generate the life-giving gas.

The factory’s foundation stone will be placed on Sunday, according to Managing Director Shankar Lal Agrawal. The proposed liquid oxygen plant would be the country’s first. Liquid oxygen is imported from India and supplied to a half-dozen institutions, including Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital and National Trauma Centre.

Liquid oxygen is imported from India and supplied to a half-dozen institutions, including Shukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital and National Trauma Centre.

During the second wave of Covid-19, hospitals were forced to rely on bottled oxygen for many days because Indian authorities put a halt to shipments due to an oxygen shortage in India.

“After we put up the facility, we won’t need to import liquid oxygen from India,” Agrawal added. “To establish the plant, I intend to invest roughly Rs1 billion.” Liquid oxygen is far easier to use than oxygen in cylinders, according to hospitals that have the technology. The gas may be pumped straight into the patients’ rooms.

The proposed oxygen plant, according to Agrawal, will have a daily capacity of 60 tonnes (roughly 7,000 cylinders). He stated, “I expect to finish the construction within a year.”

Despite having a total capacity of 8,000 cylinders daily, the eight Kathmandu-based oxygen factories were putting out roughly 5,000 cylinders daily in pre-second wave periods, according to the Oxygen Industry Association.  According to the group, over 70% of their output used to go to hospitals, with the balance going to companies and families. “The epidemic will not endure indefinitely, and demand for oxygen will plummet once the situation returns to normal,” Sharda, who is also the director of Kantipur Oxygen, said.

Many hospitals have established up their own plants, and oxygen concentrators have been given to other hospitals, thus demand from private oxygen manufacturers may decline.”

According to Sharda, if protectionist measures are not implemented, a minimal levy on oxygen imports from India might become a new hurdle for domestic companies.

Shankar Oxygen is well aware of the dual limitations of a small domestic market and the possibility for oxygen imports from India. “I’ve been pleading with the government for subsidies on power and a period of time when demand costs for electricity are waived,” Agrawal added.

 

 

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