- A team of experts will visit Pakistan’s steelworks today to assess the situation.
- The technical committee includes representatives from the Engineering Development Council and the Pakistani Army.
- Raza Rabbani called on the government to reactivate the PSM oxygen plant.
ISLAMABAD: Amid concerns over a possible oxygen shortage in the country due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ministry of Industries and Production has decided to assess the Pakistan Steel Mills gas production plant (PSM) and see if it can be restarted to meet the demand.
According to Geo News sources, a delegation of technical experts will visit PSM today and explore the possibilities.
The technical committee includes representatives from the Engineering Development Council and the Pakistani military, the sources said.
The PSM plant has the capacity to produce 15,200 cubic meters of gas per hour.
Experts believe that it will not be necessary to activate the main plant of the steelworks to operate the oxygen plant. In addition, cylinder manufacturing is also possible at PSM if required.
Rabbani asks to make the plant functional
Former Senate President Raza Rabbani called on the government to reactivate the PSM oxygen plant which was closed in 2015 and to reinstate 40 engineers from the plant to make it functional.
“The majority of the 40 engineers and workers working at the oxygen plant have been removed, they should be immediately reinstated so that the plant can be made operational within a week on a war footing,” he said. .
He said if this plant was up and running immediately, it could meet the oxygen demand across the country and ease the pressure on hospitals asking for more oxygen.
He said the steelworks oxygen plant has a capacity to produce 520 tons of pure oxygen per day.
Rabbani said the federal government’s failure to tackle the COVID-19 crisis has led to one peak after another.