EIGA is receiving several queries from different European bodies concerning the industrial and medical gases situation in the Ukraine. For the time being, our sector response is the following :
EIGA’s members have supply chain problems for several Industrial Gases (IG) and medical gases into the Ukraine.
In addition, the Ukraine local IG manufacturing plants incur production problems. EIGA’s members are actively following the Ukraine local situation, which is ever changing and perform their outmost best to secure their employees and families, taking care of equipment and supply products as long as they are able to do so safely. Hence equipment damage is not the reason for production interruption, but personnel safety.
While medical oxygen supply comes first to mind, also noble gases should be considered. The production of the latter are concentrated in Ukraine, in particular around Odessa and Mariupol. They have specialised in the refining and separation of these mixtures into pure products, especially as regards neon (~25% global market share).
Neon is used in precision surgery, xenon is used as an anaesthetic and helium is used to cool magnetic resonance imaging equipment (MRIs) in hospitals and radiology practices,
In several EU countries, our members daily receive requests for humanitarian support and supply and indeed each is doing whatever practically possible to help the Ukraine. e.g. many cylinders have been shipped to the affected areas.