UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales up in first half of February

By Erin Voegele | March 05, 2018

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the south-central region of Brazil sold 614.3 million liters (162.28 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol during the first half of February, up significantly from the same period of last year.

According to UNICA, 574,050 tons of sugarcane was processed by mills in the south-central region of Brazil during the first two weeks of February. Sugar production during the period reached only 4,620 tons, while ethanol production reached 69.69 million liters, including 34.80 million liters of corn ethanol.

As of February 16, UNICA reported that only seven units were still processing sugarcane in the south-central region.

Since the beginning of the current harvest, 584.55 million tons of sugarcane have been processed, down 1.71 percent when compared to the same period of the previous harvest. Of that amount processed, 53.13 went to ethanol production, which reached 25.4 billion liters, including 14.86 billion liters of hydrous ethanol and 10.54 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol.

During the first half of February, ethanol sales reached 1 billion liters, including 976.52 million liters sold domestically, and 28.9 million liters destined for export. Of the 976.52 million liters sold domestically, 362.23 million liters was anhydrous and 614.52 million liters was hydrous. The volume of hydrous ethanol sold was up 33.07 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Since April 2017, which is the beginning of the current harvest season, ethanol sales by units in the south-central region of Brazil have reached 23.23 billion liters, including 1.38 billion liters sold for export and 21.85 billion sold domestically. In the domestic market, hydrous ethanol sales reached 13.54 billion liters, up 5.02 percent when compared to the same period of the previous season.