Fertiliser manufacturer Incitec Pivot has increased its AdBlue output by roughly 800% to augment diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) supply for Australia’s transport sector and keep the wheels of industry turning.
Incitec Pivot reached a key milestone last week, generating over 3 million litres of AdBlue in a single week, accounting for around 75% of Australia’s AdBlue requirements.
This locally manufactured AdBlue is already making its way through the domestic supply chain to wholesalers and service stations all throughout the nation.
Incitec Pivot has also opened a specialized AdBlue distribution plant in Brisbane, with the capability of loading the equivalent of three B Double trucks per hour. The 24/7 operations will allow more AdBlue to get to market efficiently and help boost consumer confidence.
Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor stated that the rapid response by the government and industry has resulted in a favourable outcome for the critical industries that utilize AdBlue.
“I thank Incitec Pivot for stepping up as we work together to keep our trucks fuelled and Australian diesel motorists on the road,” Minister Taylor said.
“The company has already ramped up production to over 3 million litres per week and this milestone is great news. While Australia currently has sufficient volumes of AdBlue to meet its needs, this local production will help restore normal national stock levels.
“I also thank the broader AdBlue manufacturing, fuel distribution and transport sectors for their continued cooperation with the Government on a weekly basis.
This open communication has meant we have been able to replenish sites and minimise disruptions for AdBlue users during the holiday period.
“To ensure stocks can be replenished across the country, I continue to encourage industry to purchase stocks only when needed and at normal levels.”
Incitec Pivot will soon begin testing the manufacturing of technical grade urea (TGU), the active element in AdBlue, using a German-sourced addition as part of its relationship with the government.
In the long run, the government will continue to support AdBlue producers and suppliers in securing overseas TGU and AdBlue supplies, as well as assisting with shipping and customs entry into Australia.