UNI has 4 oxygen plants in stock, but cannot deliver them after cancellation of the agreement with Minsa

In the midst of the advance of the second wave of coronavirus (COVID-19), la National University of Engineering (UNI) indicated that it has four medicinal oxygen plants in stock to be delivered and installed in 15 days, but they cannot deliver them due to the agreement with the Ministry of Health (Minsa) was annulled.

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In dialogue with ATV +, the dean of the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Elmer Franco, said that they hope that the agreement with Minsa will be resumed to complete the assembly of a batch of oxygen plants.

There are four plants that are ready to deliver to (the cities of) Caraz, Ayaviri, Pasco and Lima Norte, but the contract was stopped on March 6. Aero now we are negotiating and we hope that on May 5 (an agreement) will be reached in good terms for the Nation”Franco expressed in the context of the visit of members of the Special Commission COVID-19 of Congress.

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In addition, he stressed that they have the possibility of assembling a batch of 25 oxygen plants in a maximum period of 12 weeks. He reiterated that due to errors in the transfer of money and political reasons, they caused the delay in the execution of the project.

The case

On March 5, the Minister of Health, Óscar Ugarte, announced that it was decided to cancel the contract with the National University of Engineering (UNI) for the acquisition of 47 oxygen plants that would be installed in hospitals and medical centers in the regions to care for patients with coronavirus.

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Ugarte remarked that the contract was terminated due to the breach incurred by the house of studies. As he explained, UNI had promised to install 47 plants in February, but, according to what he said, their state of progress is “very poor” since it only delivered 5 plants.


The Government ordered, on April 1, that the Special Project Legacy Pan American and Parapan American Games be in charge of the acquisition of oxygen plants in favor of the Ministry of Health.

The Executive specified that the Legacy Project will be able to resort directly to the international market to carry out the contracts. For this purpose, more than 67 million soles will be transferred to him.

On April 26, the executive director of the Special Legacy Project, Alberto Valenzuela, announced that in the following weeks 20 oxygen plants will be installed in 12 regions of the country, in order to contribute to closing the gap that exists in this input compared to the COVID-19 pandemic.



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