BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, which has the largest oxygen plant in the country, is purchasing oxygen cylinders daily. BP is buying 100 cylinders of oxygen daily from other companies at Kovid Hospital.
While its oxygen plant is capable of producing sufficient oxygen, the management of the establishment is purchasing the oxygen cylinders of Khanar. BP Pratisthan has a plant that can produce 1600 liters of oxygen daily. However, the management has not been able to bring the plant into full operation. The plant is currently producing only 800 liters of oxygen daily.
Bringing oxygen from outside without bringing its plant into full operation is causing loss to the establishment. However, the management is looking at the loss of the establishment by buying oxygen from an outside company, say the concerned officials.
The reason for this is that the oxygen plant connection and supply contract was not operated at full capacity contrary to the agreement, but the responsibility was taken by the foundation, ‘said an employee working in the electromed branch of the foundation. According to the employees, the contract for the supply and connection of the oxygen plant was signed on July 16, 2008. The contract was awarded to Kathmandu-based Dynochem International.
He should have handed over the plant within 120 days as per the agreement. However, the company handed over the plant only in January 2076. He said the plant was not producing oxygen at full capacity.
The then officials of the establishment had recommended that the company be blacklisted for taking action against the agreement. However, the management of the establishment is still handing over the oxygen plant to the company without taking any action against the company.
Oxygen pipeline has been provided to every bed of the establishment. Therefore, no cylinder is required. At present, the demand for oxygen is increasing due to the epidemic of Kovid-19. At present, the foundation is buying from outside by keeping half of its plant in operation. Purchasing from outside is also relatively expensive.
The foundation is buying around Rs 350 per cylinder in quotation. Adding the transportation and fuel costs separately, it has been increased to Rs 425. This cost twice as much as producing oxygen at one’s own plant. At present, 46.7 liters cylinders are being supplied to the establishment from Binayak Oxygen.
The electronics branch overseeing the management of the plant has shown a simple reason for not reaching full capacity. According to the branch, the plant has yet to be connected to the zeolite chemical (which converts air into oxygen).
At present, four zeolite tanks have been connected to the plant. Two of the tanks were damaged and stalled as soon as they were handed over. That is why the then officials had recommended action saying that the company had acted against the agreement. “We have repaired the zeolite tank, but it remains to be connected,” said Rahul Mishra, the branch chief. “Once it is connected, the plant will be fully operational.” For that, the cylinder has to be filled with oxygen.
There is a shortage of cylinders outside, we do not have cylinders, the oxygen plant cannot be brought to full capacity unless the cylinders are managed, ‘he said.
The director of the hospital, Dr. Gauri Shankar Shah said that he had no reaction about the problem of oxygen plant. “I have nothing to say about it now, I can’t say,” he said. Vigyan Aryal, proprietor of Dynochem International, said the zeolite tank was being prepared at BP and was ready to be connected whenever the hospital said so. “As there is enough oxygen from the two zeolites now, the establishment has not asked for a new one. I will add as soon as possible. The zeolite is kept in BP while it is ready,” he said.