PESO Allows ISO Containers To Move Liquid Oxygen for Domestic Transport

Witnessing the need for oxygen for ventilators in hospitals, house quarantine, and COVID patients under observation, the Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), has given permission to the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organisation (PESO) to introduce ISO Tank Containers for movement of Liquid Oxygen for domestic transport.

The COVID pandemic which has claimed more than 90,000 lives so far and infects around 90,000 daily, the need for oxygen for corona positive patients has created many deficit areas in the far-flung regions.

Oxygen is vital for patients who are tested COVID positive—as it affects mainly the lungs and dangerously lowers the oxygen levels of the body. As the infections have made its way into the interiors of the country, to avert oxygen crisis in these far-fetched areas, the ministry felt necessary to give permission to ISO containers to move liquid oxygen for domestic transport via roads.

This permission has been given for one year initially to deal with the current situation.

Oxygen is usually transported in a cryogenic state and is generally liquefied so that it can be more effectively transported and stored in large volumes. The liquid oxygen requires special equipment for handling and storage.

Seeing this, the Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) has devised the module to receive online applications from the stakeholders for granting necessary permissions for ISO Tank Containers to carry oxygen.

ISO Tanks are built according to the ISO standard (International Organisation for Standardisation)which can carry liquids in bulk. The tank is made of stainless steel and is surrounded by various types of protective layers. An ISO tanker can carry 20 MT of liquid oxygen, such containers can help translocate sufficient Oxygen to areas where they are required.

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