The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) plans to build a USD-300-million (EUR 272m) ethanol production facility in Nigeria’s Benue state, an official said last week as cited by News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

The Benue government is providing 20,000 ha (49,420 acres) of land for the project, to be used for the cultivation of sugarcane, cassava and palm kernel, said Rabiu Suleiman, general manager of NNPC’s renewable division.

According to Suleiman, the company will partner with foreign entities in order to finance the scheme. NNPC has already found technical partners for it, he added.

Nigeria’s federal government has identified sites in seven other states for renewable energy projects, but their development depends on the success of the Benue scheme, Suleiman noted.