Colombian ethanol production, demand expected to grow

By Erin Voegele | September 01, 2016

Colombia has filed an annual biofuels report with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Information Network, noting that although ethanol capacity has increased to 1.65 million liters (435,883.89 gallons) per day, the country is unable to meet its current E8 blending mandate.

Last year, Colombian sugarcane-based ethanol production reached 1.65 million liters per day, up 32 percent when compared to 2014. The increase is primarily attributed to the startup of a new ethanol plant. For the full year 2016, production is expected to reach 465 million liters, increasing to 565 million liters next year due to the opening of another new ethanol plant. According to the report, Columbia currently has six ethanol plants, all of which take in sugarcane as feedstock.

 The country imported only 18 million liters of ethanol in 2014 and 7 million liters in 2015. The report indicates the Columbian fuel market is highly controlled by the government and that ethanol imports are only authorized if the blend mandate cannot be satisfied with domestic production.  

Ethanol consumption in Colombia is expected to reach 482 million liters this year. In 2017, consumption is expected to increase to 570 million liters.

A full copy of the report can be downloaded from the USDA FAS GAIN website.