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Yara International ASA - Cleaner and Safer Future With SCR

Oslo, Norway (ots/PRNewswire)

Joint Press Release:
    DAF Trucks N.V.
    DaimlerChrysler AG
    Iveco S.p.A.
    Renault Trucks
    Volvo Trucks
    OMV AG
    Total SA
    AMI GmbH
    SKW Piesteritz GmbH
    Yara International ASA
- Several manufacturers join the SCR starting lineup
    - Technology with an assured future to Euro 5 and beyond
    - Europe-wide supplies of AdBlue soon to be assured
A new co-operation has been formed to contribute to a cleaner
future in the road haulage sector, as the vast majority of western
European heavy truck manufacturers have decided in favour of emission
control using SCR technology (SCR = selective catalytic reduction) to
meet the new Euro 4 and Euro 5 exhaust emission standards. DAF,
Iveco, Mercedes-Benz, Renault Trucks and Volvo Trucks together
represent approx. 80 percent of the European truck market. In
parallel with this introduction, chemical and oil companies are
safeguarding the regular supply of AdBlue, the water/urea solution
necessary for SCR technology.
SCR converts nitrogen oxides into harmless water vapour and
By means of a catalytic converter with the help of metered
quantities of AdBlue sprayed into the hot exhaust gas stream, SCR
reduces harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) into harmless nitrogen and
water. AdBlue is the commercial name given to a high quality,
standardised and synthetically produced aqueous urea solution. The
AdBlue carried in a separate tank within the vehicle presents no
handling problems. Trucks and heavy commercial vehicles with SCR
technology attain the Euro 4 exhaust gas emission standards
prescribed from 2006, and will - in an improved version - also be
able to meet the next stage, Euro 5, which comes into effect from
2009. In addition a truck equipped with SCR is expected to have an
approx. two to five percent lower fuel consumption than a comparable
Euro 3 vehicle - a particularly strong argument in times of high fuel
prices, and a further factor in environmental protection due to lower
CO2 emission.
AdBlue is available in sufficient quantities
Supplies of the DIN 70070 high quality product AdBlue are now
assured by leading European urea producers as: AMI Agrolinz Melamin
International GmbH, BASF AG, Fertiberia S.A., Grande Paroisse, SKW
Stickstoffwerke Piesteritz GmbH and Yara International ASA which are
able to manufacture AdBlue in six European countries. The AdBlue
producers will further adapt their capacities to the development of
the markets. Together with their distribution partners, these
producers are currently establishing a Europe-wide network to supply
their customers.
The role of the oil companies in the introduction of SCR
Two well-known oil companies - the Austrian OMV and the French
Total, first European Refining & Marketing company - are already
developing their strategy for the implementation of SCR technology
for commercial vehicles; they are also actively supporting final
tests with the new after treatment systems. Other companies have
expressed great interest and are currently in intensive discussions
with the above representatives of the chemical and commercial vehicle
sectors. Both oil companies and AdBlue manufacturers are presently
formulating extensive product and service packages for the operators
of public and corporate filling stations. Above all this means
equipping these public filling stations and refuelling stations
operated by the European haulage industry with SCR fuelling systems.
These cover a wide range, from combined diesel/AdBlue pumps with
separate counter mechanisms and a single receipt for both products
(already operational at gas stations in Berlin, Stuttgart and
Vomp/Tyrol) to small filling stations on company premises and fleet
packages consisting of tanks and canisters.
Numerous advantages from compliance with Euro 4/5 with SCR
SCR technology provides decisive advantages compared to competing
  • SCR has a secure future and therefore represents a secure investment, as this technology has the potential for Euro 5 and beyond.
  • SCR works Europe-wide with diesel fuels of varying quality.
  • The SCR system is maintenance-free and designed for the entire lifespan of the vehicle.
  • SCR technology has no effect on the service and oil-change intervals of the vehicles.
  • SCR significantly reduces the fuel consumption of engines.
Moreover, several European countries are already encouraging
advance compliance with Euro 4 and Euro 5 with incentives such as
lower road tolls (e.g. 10 instead of 12 Cents/km in Germany) or more
favourable depreciation rates for correspondingly equipped vehicles
(e.g. in the Netherlands). Incentives to use this environmentally
friendly technology are shortly to be expected in other European
countries. According to present findings, the operating costs of
long-distance trucks with SCR technology will not increase compared
to the current Euro 3 emission standard, despite considerably reduced
emission values. Other advantages of SCR include very good operating
reliability and a long range given a correspondingly large AdBlue
tank capacity.
SCR technology ideally combines ecology with economy. All these
are clear arguments in favour of SCR, as is the commitment of
well-known brands in the automotive, chemical and oil industries that
are furthering and supporting its introduction. In the near future it
is to be expected that further companies will join us because SCR is
an attractive technology for the reduction of pollutants.
SCR as a reliable and worldwide solution for diesel engines
Experts also see good chances that SCR after treatment systems
have a good potential to become accepted after treatment in markets
even beyond the shores of Europe. In global terms SCR therefore
provides the most cost effective solution in both environment and
performance terms.
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    Telephone: +47-24-15-70-00
    Telefax: +47-24-15-72-57
Yara International ASA is the world's leading supplier of mineral
fertilizers with particular strength in nitrogen based fertilizers.
Yara has a local presence in 50 countries worldwide. Yara sells more
than 20 million tonnes of mineral fertilizers in more than 120
countries. Yara offers fertilizers meeting the nutrient needs of
local crops supported by agronomic advice to make farming more
profitable and agriculture more sustainable. Yara has a strong
position in industrial markets in Europe as a supplier of nitrogen
based chemicals and is the leading supplier of liquid CO2.


Contact: Marianne Øverlie, Director Air Treatment, Telephone:
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