Immingham welcomes a fertiliser first for UK
GUTEN TAG: The new product, Alzon Neo-N, is imported by Gleadell Agriculture to Port of Immingham.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 7 Dec 2017
IMMINGHAM’S bulk expertise has seen a UK first, with the world’s most advanced stabilised nitrogen fertiliser unloaded at the port.
The 3,200t shipment of Alzon Neo-N was imported by Gleadell Agriculture in the past month.
It was manufactured by SKW Piesteritz, Germany’s largest producer of ammonia and urea and a specialist manufacturer of stabilised urea products.
The cargo is the first of five booked to the end of January to meet rising demand for stabilised urea in the UK.
“Growers are turning to the product to cut rising losses to the environment and improve fertilisation efficiency,” said Gleadell fertiliser manager Calum Findlay.
It is the world’s first integrated all-weather fertiliser, and takes stabilisation technology to a new level, containing two inhibitors to reduce both ammonium and nitrate losses.
“These losses are an increasing problem, driven by increasing temperatures and moisture extremes during the growing season,” Mr Findlay said.
Trials have shown hit can reduce nitrate leaching by up to 50 per cent and nitrous oxide emissions by up to 75 per cent, and prevent ammonia losses almost completely.
The UK has set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Under the EU’s National Emissions Ceiling Directive, updated in December 2016, the country has signed up to reducing five key pollutants, including ammonia.
“Detailed within this, the Air Pollution Action Plan, due to be published in 2019, will include an ammonia code, which will contain advice on how farmers can reduce emissions.
“Although voluntary, it will be important that high levels of take-up are seen to help the UK to meet its commitments, otherwise regulation may result,” Mr Findley said.
In Germany, legislation is already agreed. From 2020 farmers must either inject urea-based fertilisers or use ones that include an inhibitor to reduce ammonia emissions.
Manufacture began in early summer. Sales have and will remain mainly focused on Germany, but Gleadell is one of a small number of selected partners in a few other countries where it will be marketed.