UNICA: Sales of hydrous ethanol sets a new record

By Erin Voegele | August 17, 2018

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane association, recently announced that sales of hydrous ethanol set a new record during the second half of July, reaching 930.4 million liters (245.79 million gallons).

According to UNICA, mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 47.34 million tons of sugarcane during the second half of July, down 6.99 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Ethanol production reached 2.6 billion liters during the two-week period, up 24.66 percent from last year. Of that volume 864.26 million liters was anhydrous ethanol and 1.74 billion liters was hydrous ethanol. Production of hydrous ethanol was up 51.37 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Corn ethanol production reached 22.87 million liters during the second half of July. Since the beginning of the current season on April 1, the production of corn ethanol has reached 210.67 million liters.

Since the beginning of the current season, mills in the region of processed 314.8 million tons of sugarcane and produced 16.05 billion liters of ethanol, including 4.94 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 11.11 billion liters of hydrous ethanol.

Mills in the south-central region of Brazil sold 1.5 billion liters of ethanol during the second half of July, up 35 percent from the same period of last year. This includes the record-setting 930.4 million liters of hydrous ethanol sold during the two-week period.

For the full month of July, mills in the region sold 2.7 billion liters of ethanol, including 253.04 million liters destined for export and 2.45 billion liters sold domestically. In the domestic market, the volume of anhydrous ethanol sales reached 748.63 million liters, while hydrous ethanol sales reached 51.9 percent, up 51.9 percent when compared to July 2017.

Since the beginning of the current season, mills in the region have sold 9.24 billion liters of ethanol, including 6.25 billion liters of hydrous ethanol and 2.98 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol. Of the total volume produced, only 513.06 million liters, or less than 6 percent, was destined for export. The remaining 8.72 billion liters were sold domestically, a growth of 15.3 percent. Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol reached 6.04 billion liters, up 37.7 percent when compared to the same period of last year.