USGC eyes North Africa as potential future bioethanol market

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The US Grains Council conducted a virtual ethanol workshop to show North African stakeholders ethanol-blended fuel’s benefits in emissions reduction, environmental impacts and improving health outcomes.
Representatives from Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco took part in the event.
Speakers focused on blending, handling and transportation and included Dr Steffen Mueller, principal economist at the University of Illinois, Chicago, who is a leading authority on motor fuel quality, and Kristy Moore, who covered technical issues including how to best address water contamination and phase separation, vehicle compatibility and standardisation.
“E10 is a starting point for new policies in North Africa,” said Ramy Taieb, USGC regional director for the Middle East and Africa. “This workshop is part of the Council’s Technical Workshop Webinar Series to sustain and engage efforts to support increased global use of ethanol.”
The council is targeting the North African markets to expand the number of countries that use ethanol in the region.
Exports are currently going to four or five key markets, but not to North Africa. The council is hoping to plant the seeds for future growth in exports to North Africa by engaging with government and industry decision makers.
The Middle East, Africa and Europe accounted for 14% of US ethanol exports in the 2019/2020 marketing year, totalling around 194 million gallons. Imported ethanol was used for both fuel and industrial purposes.