Hungarian oil company restricts AdBlue purchases amid reports of shortages
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Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc MOL has put a restriction on AdBlue purchases in the country from 25th October until further notice. The reason for the cap on purchases is the restrained production of the additive in Europe, and the consequential supply problems the market is facing, explains MOL. Purchases have already been restricted in Slovakia since last week.
According to the announcement published by the Hungarian carriers’ association Nit Hungary, the Hungarian Oil and Gas Plc (Magyar OLaj- és Gázipari Részvénytársaság – MOL) has restricted the purchase of AdBlue in Hungary: a maximum of 100 litres when refuelling at the pump or a maximum of 2 packaged products can be bought.
In its statement shared by NIT Hungary, MOL explains that the reason for the restriction is the restrained production of AdBlue in Europe, and the consequent problems with the supply of the additive in the market. Also, the company is trying to discourage panic-buying with this measure.
As previously reported, European AdBlue producers have limited their production of the additive due to soaring natural gas prices. What’s more, the Slovak Duslo factory, Europe’s largest AdBlue plant, has temporarily suspended production.
AdBlue prices have risen sharply over the past two weeks in several European countries. German and French hauliers are urging government intervention over rising diesel and AdBlue prices, and Italian Trasportiunito sounded the alarm last week as AdBlue supplies are running low in the country due to panic buying.
MOL’s restriction came only a few days after the introduction of the Slovak AdBlue purchase restriction. There, in the middle of last week, Duslo announced the temporary cessation of production, but even before the news was announced – the price of the additive started rising day by day and panic buying began.
Now, only Slovak carriers can buy AdBlue in Slovakia. The decision was taken to protect the supplies for local transport companies.