UNICA: Production, sales of hydrous ethanol up in late June

By Erin Voegele | July 19, 2018

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has reported production units in the country’s south-central region produced 2.35 billion liters (620.8 million gallons) of ethanol during the second half of June, up 30.44 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Mills in the region processed 45.31 million tons of sugarcane during the second half of June, down from 47.71 million tons during the same period of last year. Only 37.67 percent of that volume went to sugar production, down from 50.52 percent last year. The remaining sugarcane was used to produce ethanol.

Since the beginning of the current season, which began in April, mills in the region have processed 222.57 tons of sugarcane, up 11.6 percent when compared to the same period of the previous season.

Ethanol production reached 2.35 billion liters during the final two weeks of June, up 30.44 percent when compared to the 1.8 billion liters produced during the same period of last year. That 2.35 billion liters of production included 1.55 billion liters of hydrous ethanol, up 60.18 percent when compared to the same period of 2017.

Since the beginning of the current season, mills in the region have produced 3.29 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol, up 2.06 percent, and 7.77 billion liters of hydrous ethanol, up 76.36 percent.

Corn ethanol production reached 24.47 million liters during the second half of June. Since the beginning of the current season, which began in April, the production of corn ethanol has reached 161.51 million liters, up 171 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Ethanol sales reached 2.62 billion liters in June, with 2.52 billion liters sold domestically and only 100.03 million liters destined for export. While sales of anhydrous ethanol were relatively stable when compared to June 2017, sales of anhydrous ethanol were up 47.8 percent when compared to the same period of last year.