France supplies 80 additional tons of oxygen to covid-battered India – fr

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France supplies 80 additional tons of oxygen to covid-battered India – fr


The second tranche of supplies, which comes from a special arrangement to load oxygen into containers in Qatar, will reach India within days, depending on the disappearance of Cyclone Tauktae, a person familiar with the matter said.
The oxygen was donated by the French company Air Liquide.

In addition to that, France will also supply nine other oxygen-generating plants that can each accommodate 250 hospital beds, the person quoted above said. These nine factories, originating in France, were expected in early June. They were in addition to eight of these units delivered earlier this month.

“Solidarity is at the heart of the strategic partnership between France and India,” French Ambassador to India Emmanuel Lenain said earlier this month. In recent years, ties have developed with France, which has become New Delhi’s essential partner on a number of issues, according to analysts.

“A partnership between sovereign countries which has built (on) exceptional mutual trust and (which) work together to strengthen the strategic autonomy of each. This is what we have been doing for years in the fields of defense, nuclear energy, space, ”said Lenain.

Oxygen transport was born from the establishment of a unique and dedicated logistics bridge, organized by the two governments and implemented by the Indian armed forces.

Four cryogenic containers were airlifted by the French government to Qatar and filled with oxygen generated by the joint plant of the French company Air Liquide in the Gulf country. The containers were then transported to Mumbai by two Indian naval frigates INS Trikand and INS Tarkash. Once in India, the oxygen was transported to the Air Liquide plant in Pune to be loaded into trucks which were then transported to various hospitals in India. Once emptied, the four cryogenic containers were brought back to Qatar by the Indian Air Force. Air Liquide’s plant in India had four containers which were rotated with the four provided by the French government to ensure supplies arrive quickly, said a second person familiar with the matter.

Since transporting oxygen by air was not viable, “it had to come from a place not far from India from where it could be transported by sea,” said the second person. Air Liquide’s joint plant in Qatar has fulfilled that goal, the person added.

The money to finance the transport of oxygen and power the oxygen production plants came from resources pooled by the French government and around 50 French companies present in India, the second person said.

According to a statement published on the website of the French Embassy, ​​the companies that responded to a call from Macron and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs were Air Liquide, BNP Paribas, Capgemini, Dassault Aviation, EDF, Naval Group, Sanofi, Safran, Société Générale as well as ATOS, Moët-Hennessy, Renault, Airbus, L’Oréal, Alstom, Total, Hermès, Crédit Agricole, Thales, Air France, Michelin, Schneider Electric and Legrand in addition to the Chamber of Commerce and Indo-French Industry (IFCCI).

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