Air Force’s acid plant supplying oxygen cylinders to hospitals

The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) is utilizing Acid Plant (Pazam) 731 under its Material Maintenance Command (Koharmat) to help meet the demand for oxygen cylinders for COVID-19 handling in Bandung City, West Java.

TNI AU’s information service chief, Marsma TNI Indan Gilang, said Pazam 731 is producing 60-70 six-meter cubic oxygen cylinders each day. 25 hospitals across Bandung City will received the cylinders, he added.

“25 hospitals has received 954 oxygen cylinders from the plant. The facility is also providing the equipment to any individuals in need,” he said.

People can get the cylinders at Husein Sastranegara Air Base (Lanud) by bringing their personal identification, he informed.

Besides supplying oxygen cylinders, Pazam 731 is also providing free oxygen refills and vaccinations, he said.

TNI AU has four acid plants across Indonesia – in Bandung, Madiun, Pekanbaru, and Ujung Pandang, Gilang said. The facilities aim to serve the defense force’s operational needs for fighter as well as transport aircraft, he added.

However, the air force’s acid facilities are currently being used to produce oxygen gas and cylinders. The four plants have so far disbursed around 2,500 oxygen cylinders to meet public needs.