Increased production, sale of hydrous ethanol continue in Brazil

By Erin Voegele | September 10, 2018

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sugarcane mills in the country’s south-central region sold 1.34 billion liters (353.99 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of August, up 20.32 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Mills in the south-central region processed 33.56 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of august, down 26.13 percent when compared to the same period of 2017. The reduction is attributed to intense rains.

Sugar production reached 1.71 million tons, down 45.9 percent. Ethanol production, however, increased by 1.1 percent when compared to last year, reaching 1.98 billion liters.

Production of hydrous ethanol reached 1.34 billion liters, up 23.08 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Production of anhydrous ethanol reached 631.97 million liters, down 26.75 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Since the beginning of the current harvest, which began in April, mills in the south-central region have produced 18.05 billion liters of ethanol, including 5.57 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 12.47 billion liters of hydrous ethanol.

Corn ethanol production during the first half of August reached 24.37 million liters. Since the beginning of April, corn ethanol production has reached 235.03 million liters, up 134 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Mills in the south-central region of Brazil sold 1.34 billion liters of ethanol during the first half of August, up 20.32 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Approximately 53.49 million liters were destined for export, with 1.29 billion liters sold domestically.

Sales of hydrous ethanol reached 919.8 million liters during the first half of August, up 41.85 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Domestic sales of anhydrous ethanol reached 371.34 million liters, down from 391.61 million liters during the same period of last year.

Since the beginning of April, ethanol sales have reached 10.58 billion liters, with 566.55 million liters exported and 10.02 billion liters sold domestically.