Nov 20, 2006
Oslo (2006-11-20): Yara International and International Diesel Service (IDS), an operating division of Kuwait Petroleum (Q8), have signed an agreement for the distribution of AdBlue in Europe. Yara's branded AdBlue product, Air1®, will be offered 24/7 on a range of strategically located IDS filling stations across Europe. AdBlue is a urea solution used to reduce NOx emissions from heavy-duty vehicles in order to meet the new European Union standards that came into effect in October 2006. The agreement is an important milestone in the establishment of an infrastructure for the distribution of AdBlue on the road.
European truck drivers will find Air1® on IDS' filling stations next to international haulage routes, frontier posts and at important transport and trading centres in 18 countries. The stations are unmanned and operate as 24/7 automats with competitive prices. IDS operates 640 filling stations on the whole continent from the north of Sweden to the south of Italy.
Ulrich Gilles, International Diesel Service Manager Europe, welcomes the agreement that "will allow IDS to develop AdBlue facilities in line with the projected growth in demand". Yara also looks forward to contributing to the rollout of the AdBlue distribution network in Europe. According to Rolf Isberg, Air1 Program Director at Yara, "Yara has an unrivalled expertise in installing and maintaining Air1 installations at customer sites, which is a key success factor in the development of the AdBlue infrastructure".
AdBlue is a liquid urea solution that is injected into the SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) catalyst on-board trucks to meet new standards set by the EU, to control emission of pollutants from heavy-duty vehicles. AdBlue is sprayed into the exhaust system, and is subsequently hydrolized before the catalytic converter breaks down the nitrogen oxide (NOx) into harmless nitrogen and water.
Yara is the world's largest producers of AdBlue. It has developed a premium grade urea to produce Air1® at strategically located plants in Europe including the world's largest AdBlue production plant, Yara Sluiskil in the Netherlands, which has an annual production capacity of 200,000 tonnes.
Air1® is a registered trademark of Yara International ASA
AdBlue® is a registered trademark of the Verband der Automobilindustrie e.V (VDA)
Patrick Collins, IDS Europe, Business Development Manager
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Hamed Brodersen, Media Relations
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Véronique Revoy, Communications, Yara Industrial
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Yara International ASA is a leading chemical company that converts energy and nitrogen from the air into essential products for farmers and industrial customers. As the number one global supplier of mineral fertilizers and agronomic solutions, we help provide food for a growing world population. Our industrial product portfolio includes environmental protection agents that safeguard air and water purity and preserve food quality. Yara's global workforce of 7000 employees represents great diversity and talent enabling Yara to remain a leading performer in its industry.
International Diesel Service is ultimately owned by Kuwait Petroleum Corporation one of the world's largest oil producers with current levels of 2.5 million bpd. The Kuwait Petroleum Group run downstream operations in a number of European markets such as Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and Denmark. In Sweden Kuwait are joint venture partners in OKQ8. Within Europe, Kuwait has interests in two European refineries, lubricant manufacture and marketing as well as a significant presence in aviation fuel supply.