KOCHI: A 100-bed make-shift Covid treatment centre opened today at BPCL’s Kochi Refinery school in Ambalamugal of Kerala.
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), a government of India enterprise will provide free Oxygen, power, and water to the treatment centre. The oxygen will be supplied through a dedicated stainless-steel pipeline.
The medical facility will have 100 beds in the first phase, which will be later expanded to accommodate 1,500 beds, in the same premises.
Bharat Petroleum has been at the forefront in supporting the healthcare system, by upgrading its facilities at Mumbai and Bina Refineries for supply of 600 MT free gaseous Oxygen per month to government hospitals and medical centres, besides supplying 100 MT liquid oxygen from Kochi Refinery every month.
BPCL is also setting up PSA Oxygen Plants in two government hospitals in Maharashtra, three Hospitals in Kerala and five hospitals in Madhya Pradesh. Additionally, bottling compressor is also being put up at the refinery, which will help in oxygen supply through cylinders.
Sanjay Khanna, Executive Director (Kochi Refinery), BPCL said, “Bharat Petroleum has always been at the forefront to reach out to society, during such times. Setting up the COVID treatment centre at our premises and supply of free oxygen and utilities are part of our commitment to our core purpose, Energising Lives of the nation. Upgrading our oxygen production facility, at a short notice, was a challenge but we could complete the entire activity within five days.”