The apex court had allowed Sterlite to initiate oxygen production on a stand-alone basis until July 31, 2021, at which point, a decision will be taken based on the state of the pandemic at that time
While our technology was so far focused on producing liquid oxygen, overseas technology providers have helped us implement processes to capture gaseous oxygen as well, the company said.
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Sterlite Copper’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pankaj Kumar flagged off the consignment to TKMCH in the presence of the expert members.
The oxygen production had to be stopped temporarily following a technical snag in the cold box at the oxygen plant on May 14.
In a statement shared on the micro-blogging site on Sunday, Sterlite Copper said, "efforts to resume production at our oxygen plant are progressing".
Following the technical glitch, district collector Dr K Senthil Raj, who is also the chairman of the monitoring committee, inspected the site along with experts here on Friday
The collector said the liquid oxygen was moved to TVMCH in liquid oxygen tanker lorries under the supervision of Tamil Nadu Medical Sciences Corporation.
Earlier, members of Sterlite Ethirpu Thoothukudi Makkal Kootamaipu submitted a petition to the collector, urging him to not reopen Sterlite Copper premises for oxygen production.
Vedanta's petition was filed in the wake of the Supreme Court asking Tamil Nadu government on why it can't take over the Sterlite Copper unit for producing oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients.
Though there was no official word from either the state government or the ruling AIADMK on the meet, the main opposition party DMK said its representatives would take part in it at the Secretariat.
During the meeting, the collector explained that the country is in dire need of oxygen to treat COVID-19 patients who are dying for want of it.
Vedanta Limited, owner of Thoothukudi’s Sterlite Copper, has begun proceedings to establish a state-of-the-art copper smelter complex in a coastal region of the country.
The top court, on December 2, last year had rejected the interim plea of Vedanta Ltd that it be permitted to inspect its Sterlite copper plant and to operate it for a month.