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Engen leads the drive to lower carbon emissions with AdBlue

2017-06-07 09:27

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In Partnership with Engen SA

Three years after introducing AdBlue® ahead of other local oil majors, Engen is making concrete progress towards the development of its AdBlue® business and is demonstrating its commitment to a more sustainable future growth path through the supply of AdBlue® and low sulphur fuels into sub-Saharan African markets. 

The company’s efforts have seen steady growth in the uptake for AdBlue® in the local market with a number of bus, truck fleet and passenger car operators having recently come on board.

Easy-to-serve customers

“Fleet bus and truck operators represent potentially easy-to-serve customers for AdBlue®”, says Sydney Bruckner, Manager: Emission Fluids at Engen.

AdBlue® is used in conjunction with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) units in exhaust systems. It reduces nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions in diesel engine exhaust gases in line with forecasted stricter exhaust emission regulations for vehicles operating on South African roads. 

“Engen continuously strives to provide new product and pack solutions that match changing market requirements,” says Bruckner, “which is why we recently introduced a new innovative custom-designed AdBlue® 3.5=litre “jiffy bag” for the passenger car aftermarket that use AdBlue®”.

The innovative new AdBlue® jiffy bag is easy and quick to use because it is one integrated design, specifically developed for AdBlue® refilling. The long nozzle is an integral part of the package, unlike conventional AdBlue® containers which typically have screw-on spouts. 

When AdBlue® is poured from the pouch, no air needs to replace it as the pouch simply collapses for a faster and cleaner refill with no spill. This prevents corrosion of paintwork, crystallization, smells and contamination caused by spillage.

Key trade sectors

Bruckner says the South African government has agreed to provide a world class transportation system for its citizens that reduces both the cost of transportation and the quantity of Green House Gases and other pollutants that are emitted by the sector. 

Local energy and transport sectors have been identified as key trade sectors in this drive. Furthermore, it is encouraging to note that a number of local vehicle manufacturers and various industry stakeholders, over the past three years have been discussing and developing methods that could help curb exhaust emissions from automobiles.

Commitments by a number of countries including South Africa to reduce greenhouse emissions was agreed to at the Copenhagen COP15 and reaffirmed in September 2015 at COP21 in Paris, which has created a political pathway for global carbon mitigation efforts. It is now up to the petroleum and transport sectors to demonstrate how carbon-free mobility can be achieved.

Demand uncertainties 

Bruckner confirms that local demand for AdBlue® were at embryonic stages of development as opposed to application.

He says: 'One of the key challenges is that current automobile exhaust emission legislation in South Africa requires exhaust emission compliance with Euro II emission standards.

"The South African government has as yet not legislated the forecasted stricter exhaust emission regulations for on and off road automobiles operating on South African roads.

“Over the past few months we have noticed that a number of local automobile manufacturers (OEM’s) are making headway in reducing exhaust emissions and fuel efficiency improvements with sustained efforts.  

"Reassuringly a small, but growing number of Euro V and VI configured trucks, light commercial vehicles and passenger cars are already operating on South African roads and fitted with SCR units,” adds Bruckner.

Demand for AdBlue® has been projected to rise slowly in coming years for sub-Saharan Africa, but industry sources forecast better than average growth for AdBlue® in South Africa as improving fuel economy and reducing CO2 remains a high priority for OEM’s operating in South Africa.  

“This bodes well to continue to deliver volume growth over the next few years or so, however it will be somewhat tempered in the absence of tougher exhaust emission legislation for vehicles operating on South African roads”, says Bruckner. 

Refill frequency and consumption

Bruckner says, annual consumption of AdBlue® will be significantly higher than known automotive fluids such as engine oil, coolants, brake fluid and windscreen-washer fluid.

Most diesel cars with SCR technology are expected to need AdBlue® refills approximately 2-6 times per year because AdBlue® is consumed at a rate of 1 - 1.5-litres/1,000km by passenger cars. Distances travelled, style of driving and most importantly, the size of the car’s AdBlue® tank will determine how often AdBlue® refills are needed.

For the Automotive Aftermarket or the Service Station Dealership, AdBlue® is becoming an increasing part of the Customer offering which provides a great opportunity to meet the Customer’s needs.

Engen bulk and pack AdBlue® capability provides optimal logistics and security of supply. AdBlue® is available at Engen Truck Stop outlets and at select transient route Engen service stations across Sub-Saharan Africa. 

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