The major manufacturers of AdBlue, the additive that helps cars’ SCR systems reduce nitrogen oxide emissions, have restricted sales, particularly affecting freight carriers.
Those who use newer generation diesel cars equipped with SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system – whether we are talking about cars or goods or passenger vehicles – know that in order to operate in optimal parameters, their cars need, in addition to fuel , an additive designed to reduce polluted emissions. Called AdBlue, it can be purchased at grocery stores or in stores.
Well, for a few weeks now, the shipping companies have noticed that it is becoming more and more difficult to secure their AdBlue stocks. In recent days, even in gas stations frequented by car owners, this additive has become harder to find.
The reasons for the shortage of AdBlue, which especially threaten users of diesel-powered cars, are related to the reduction in production by most manufacturers of this additive. Accusing the high production costs of rising gas prices that help produce AdBlue, the producers have either completely stopped production or significantly reduced it.
A clear example comes from the company BASF which announced a substantial reduction in the production of AdBlue due to the increase in the price of gas required in the production process of synthetic urea. A similar measure was taken by SKW in Germany or Yara in Italy, while the Slovaks in Duslo – the largest producers of AdBlue in Europe – took an even more drastic decision by temporarily stopping production.
In the face of an obvious lack of AdBlue, some transport companies rushed to secure stocks for a longer period, and in some cases even governments intervened to direct local AdBlue production to domestic companies. This is the case of Slovakia, which, according to the publication Pravda, placed an order of 500 thousand liters of additive to Duslo, thus trying to secure, at least temporarily, the supply of transport companies in the country.
As a higher demand than supply, driven by an increase in production prices, could only lead to an increase in the final price, the cost of a liter of AdBlue rose significantly throughout Europe. In Italy, a carriers’ union warned that stocks of AdBlue were rapidly depleted and that the prices of this additive had almost doubled.
Although the AdBlue crisis has had and still has an effect on carriers in particular, it is also beginning to be felt by drivers of personal cars. For example, according to the Hungarian press, the national oil and gas company MOL announced that it introduces restrictions on the sale of the product. The maximum limit for each transaction made in their own gas stations is 50 liters.