UNICA: Increased sales of hydrous ethanol continue into September

By Erin Voegele | October 05, 2018

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the south-central region of the country sold 962.32 million liters (254.22 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol during the first half of September, up 42.69 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Sugarcane mills in the region processed 38.51 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of September, down 15.31 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Since the beginning of the current harvest, which began in April, mills in the region have processed 430.35 million tons of sugarcane, up slightly from 428.32 million tons during the same period of 2017.

During the first half of September, mills produced only 2.15 million tons of sugar, down 31.57 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Ethanol production, however, reached 2.25 billion liters, up 6.86 percent when compared to the first half of September 2017. That 2.25 billion liters included 1.56 billion liters of hydrous ethanol and 696.65 million liters of anhydrous ethanol.

Approximately 62.73 percent of the sugarcane processed during the first half of September went to ethanol production, up from 52.02 percent during the same period of last year.

Since the beginning of the current season, mills in the south-central region have produced 20.99 million tons of sugar, down 20.72 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Ethanol production is up 30.31 percent, reaching 22.75 billion liters, including 7.05 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 15.7 billion liters of hydrous ethanol.

According to UNICA, mills in the south-central region sold 1.31 billion liters of ethanol during the first half of September. This includes 962.32 million liters of hydrous ethanol, up 42.69 percent from the same period of 2017, and 353.68 million liters of anhydrous ethanol.

Since the beginning of the current season, mills in the region have sold 13.58 billion liters of ethanol, including 12.8 billion liters sold domestically and 775 million liters destined for export.