AdBlue supplier allays shortage concerns

In an update issued by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), a local AdBlue supplier says there will be plenty to go around come Christmas time, despite a major urea processing plant set to close before the year’s end.

DGL AUSblue supplies around 30 per cent of Australia’s AdBlue. The company briefed ATA councillors this week about the outlook for Australia’s AdBlue supplies.

In recent month, concerns have been mounting about the imminent closure of Incitec Pivot in December, which will mean Australia will no longer have an onshore source of technical grade urea – a vital component used to make AdBlue.

In an update shared by the ATA, DGL AUSblue’s general manager, Matthew Berry, says there is an oversupply of AdBlue leading into December because AUSBlue has been importing significant volumes and Incitec Pivot is producing millions of litres a week.

The ATA says it has also been engaging with the Australian government on the future of domestic urea manufacturing.

The Australian government has put out a Request for Information (RFI) from the industry on options to strengthen the domestic supply of refined technical grade urea.

The RFI aims to gather information on:

  • Stocks, storage, supply chains and how the market is functioning;
  • Ways to promote greater market transparency to support good decision making by industry and government;
  • Existing sovereign capability investments, new sovereign capability opportunities and projects in the pipeline that can be brought forward;
  • What industry is doing to strengthen and diversify supply chains, including from international sources.

The RFI opened on July 4 and will close at midday on Friday July 22 AEST.

Submissions can be made by clicking here.

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