UNICA: Brazilian ethanol production increased in early June

By Erin Voegele | June 27, 2014

The Brazilian sugarcane association, UNICA, has issued a new bi-weekly harvest update, reporting mills in Brazil’s south-central region produced 1.72 billion liters (454.90 million gallons) of ethanol during the first two weeks of June, up 14.02 percent from the same period of last year. That volume includes 801 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 921 million liters of hydrous ethanol.

So far this harvest season, the region has produced 6.56 billion liters of ethanol, up 2.75 percent from last year. That volume includes 2.75 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol, up 14.66 percent, and 3.81 billion liters of hydrous ethanol, down 4.41 percent from last year.

Information released by UNICA indicates ethanol sales since the start of the season have totaled 4.87 billion liters. Approximately 383.33 million liters of that production is destined for export, with 4.48 billion liters supplying the domestic market in Brazil.

During the first half of June, ethanol sales totaled 931.08 million liters. Only 28.27 million liters of that volume was destined for export, with 902.81 million liters supplied to the Brazilian market.

The sugarcane harvest so far this season has measured 158.95 million tons, up 3.66 percent compared to 153.33 million tons during the same period of last year. During the first two weeks of June, 41.47 million tons of sugarcane was harvested, up 16.32 percent from the 35.65 million tons harvested during the same two weeks of last year.

So far this year, 57.84 percent of crush has gone to ethanol production, down from 58.22 percent for the same period of last year. During the first half of June, 54.60 percent of the crush went to ethanol production, down from 57.74 percent during the same period of last year.

Mills have produced 41.29 liters of ethanol for each ton of sugarcane so far this year, down 0.88 percent from last year’s level of 41.65 liters per ton. During the first two weeks of June, 41.53 liters of ethanol was produced per ton of sugarcane, down 1.98 percent from 42.37 liters per gallons for the same period of last year.

A full copy of UNICA’s bi-weekly sugarcane harvest report can be downloaded here.