USGC Finds Potential for Growing Ethanol Markets in Nigeria and Ghana

January 6, 2019 |

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Grains Council conducted a market assessment mission to Nigeria and Ghana gauging the potential for U.S. ethanol exports to these countries.

“The mission identified a need for higher ethanol volumes and engaged government and industry directly on enforceable biofuels policy as well as demonstrated the United States’ role as a cost-competitive supplier in the global market,” said Brian Healy, USGC manager of ethanol export market development, who was on the mission with Lucas Szabo, USGC manager of ethanol export programs, and Jad Wakileh, USGC ethanol consultant.

While both countries produce their own industrial-use ethanol – mainly from cassava – the levels of domestic production are insufficient. They are also reliant on imported gasoline, primarily from the European Union (EU). In the last marketing year, there has been an uptick in U.S. fuel ethanol exports to the EU, some of which is re-exported to West African markets like Nigeria and Ghana in the form of finished gasoline. The Council is working with contacts to determine the exact volumes and consistency of this trade to provide an indication of the ethanol potential that exists in West Africa.

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