UNICA: Ethanol production at 16.46 billion liters through August

By Erin Voegele | September 23, 2016

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the country’s south-central region crushed 38.31 million tons of sugarcane during the second half of August, down 14.56 percent when compared to the first half of the month, and down 9 million metric tons when compared to the same period of 2015.

Ethanol production was at 1.71 billion liters (451.73 million gallons) during the second half of August, including 973.18 million liters of hydrous ethanol and 733.57 million liters of anhydrous ethanol. When compared to the previous year, UNICA said ethanol production was down 26.09 percent. Sugar production was also down during the second half of the month, reaching 2.54 million metric tons, down 10.98 percent when compared to the 2.85 million tons produced during the same period of last year.

From the beginning of April through Sept. 1, UNICA said 393.66 million tons of sugarcane has been processed, with sugar production reaching 22.42 million tons and ethanol production reaching 16.46 billion liters, including 6.74 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 9.72 billion liters of hydrous ethanol.

Ethanol sales by south-central mills reached 2.45 billion liters in August, with 150.49 million liters exported and 2.3 billion liters destined for domestic consumption.

Domestically, sales of anhydrous ethanol reached 875.88 million liters, up 1.4 percent compared to August 2015. Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol reached 1.42 billion liters, up 4.84 percent from June and 6.5 percent from July.