UNICA: Brazilian ethanol production up, exports down

By Erin Voegele | December 19, 2014

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane energy association, has announced ethanol production from the start of the current season through the end of November is up 3.54 percent when compared to last year.

According to UNICA, mills in the south-central region of Brazil crushed 15.75 million tons of sugarcane during the second half of November, up 40 percent from the same period of last year. From the start of the current season through the end of November, approximately 554.09 million tons have been crushed, down 3 percent from the same period of last year. UNICA reported that 136 mills in the south-central region of the country had wrapped up the current season by the end of November, compared to 73 mills last year.

When compared to last year, the volume of total recoverable sugars is up slighting. From the start of the current season through the end of November, total recoverable sugars averaged 137.14 kilograms per ton of sugarcane, up 2.66 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Of the sugarcane processed during the second half of November, 60.03 percent went to ethanol production, up from 56.17 percent during the same period of last year. According to UNICA, 56.49 percent of the sugarcane harvest has went to ethanol production since the beginning of the current season.

During the second half of November, ethanol production totaled 803.36 million liters (212.23 million gallons), including 295.6 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 507.76 million liters of hydrous ethanol. When compared to the same period of last year, ethanol production was down 28.79 percent.

Ethanol production from the start of the season through the end of November, however, is up 3.54 percent compared to last year, reaching 25.18 billion liters. The production of hydrous ethanol was up 6.12 percent, with the production of hydrous ethanol increasing by only 0.18 percent.

According to UNICA, producers in the south-central region of Brazil sold 2.05 billion liters of ethanol in November, up 2.06 percent from the same period of last year. Only 137.73 of that volume was destined for export, with 1.92 billion liters supplying Brazil’s domestic market. From the start of the current season through the end of November, ethanol sales totaled 16.33 billion liters, down 6.89 percent compared to last year. UNICA indicated the drop reflects a 55 percent reduction in exports, which have totaled only 957.78 million liters this year, down from 2.15 billion liters last year. From April through November, sales into the domestic Brazilian market totaled 15.37 billion liters, down slightly from 15.39 million liters during the same period of last year.