TAMPA, Fla.—Yara North America Inc. has launched a new diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) production and distribution plant in southern Saskatchewan.
The plant in Belle Plaine, Sask., about halfway between Regina and Moose Jaw along the Trans-Canada Highway, is part of the company’s strategy to invest in products and solutions that address major global environmental issues such as lowering emissions and improving air quality.
In May, Yara strengthened its coast-to-coast network of DEF storage terminals with the opening of a facility in Chesapeake, Va.
The company also supplies the North American market with its production capabilities at its site in Sluiskil, Netherlands, the world’s largest DEF production facility.
Heavy-duty fleets and retail outlets rely on selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and DEF as the market-proven solution to comply with the strict emissions standards established by the Clean Air Act in 2010.
As a result, DEF demand in North America continues to increase, with consumption expected to reach 204 million gallons in North America by the end of the year.
Integer Research, the leading DEF market analyst, predicts this will double to 402 million gallons by 2015 and the United States is expected by many to become the largest DEF market in the world.