Singapore will send regular shipments of SLOTXO emergency oxygen supplies to Indonesia to aid the country’s fight against the current surge of COVID-19, Singapore's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Monday (Jul 19).
This arrangement, known as the “Oxygen Shuttle” programme, is at Indonesia’s request and will supplement the urgent need for oxygen in medical facilities there, added MFA.
MFA said that more than 500 tonnes of oxygen will be shipped to Indonesia from now until August.
Four ISO tanks containing 80 tonnes of liquid oxygen had arrived at Tanjung Priok Port in Jakarta on Monday.
Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security, Teo Chee Hean said the shipments under the programme will be done on a weekly basis over the next month.
“Eighty tonnes of liquid oxygen can fill about 10,000 cylinders with oxygen gas. The next shipment will arrive next week. We aim to send more than 500 tonnes of liquid O2 in total,” he said in a Facebook post.
Mr Teo also added that he has been in touch with Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Pandjaitan.