UNICA: 7.61 billion liters of ethanol produced so far this season

By Erin Voegele | July 18, 2017

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production in the country’s south-central region reached 1.78 billion liters (470.23 million gallons) during the second half of June. Since the beginning of the current harvest season, ethanol production has reached 7.61 billion liters.

According to UNICA, mills in the south-central region processed 47.55 million tons of sugarcane during the second half of June, down 1.42 percent when compared to the same period of the previous year. Since the beginning of the current season, 198.75 million tons have been processed, down 7.81 percent compared to the 215.59 million tons processed during the same period of the previous season.

Sugar production reached 2.97 million tons during the second half of June, up slightly when compared to last year. Ethanol production reached 1.78 billion liters during the final two weeks of June, including 963.95 million liters of hydrous ethanol and 833.06 million liters of anhydrous ethanol.

During the second half of June, 50.48 percent of the sugarcane processed went to sugar, with 23.52 percent to anhydrous ethanol production and 26 percent to hydrous ethanol production.

Since the beginning of the season, sugar production has reached 11.05 tons, with ethanol production reaching 7.61 billion liters, including 3.22 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 4.39 billion liters of hydrous ethanol.

As of July 1, 265 production units were active in the south-central region, down from 274 during the same period of last year. UNICA said an additional six units are expected to begin harvest activities soon.

Ethanol sales reached 2.12 billion liters in June, with 149.46 million liters destined for export and 1.97 billion liters sold into the domestic market. In the domestic market, sales included 838.7 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 1.13 billion liters of hydrous ethanol.