SABIC announces plans to produce technical grade urea for Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)

Rebecca Hayward - 11 June 2014

Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) has announced plans to begin technical grade urea production this year. The company will start to produce pure urea pastilles that can be used to manufacture Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) which is used in Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR)-equipped engines.

The technical grade urea will be produced by at Al-Jubail Fertilizer Company (Al-bayroni), the firm is SABIC's manufacturing affiliate located in Jubail, Saudi Arabia and will have a capacity of 80,000 tonnes per year. The urea pastilles will be produced using energy-saving Rotoformer technology which the company has said will give the product superior physical and mechanical properties.

Khaled Al-Mana, Executive Vice President of SABIC's Fertilizers Strategic Business Unit, commented, "As a company with a strong commitment to a cleaner environment through sustainable products, SABIC has developed this strategic, innovative idea to produce high quality urea that helps reduce hazardous NOx emissions from diesel exhausts and industrial processes. The project is part of our sustainability strategy to share our expertise closely with our customers to develop products, applications and solutions that respond to their sustainability needs."

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