UNICA: Increased ethanol production, sales continue in November

By Erin Voegele | December 19, 2018

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production by mills in the country’s south-central region was up during the second half of November despite a drop in the volume of sugarcane that was processed.

According to UNICA, mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 14.58 million tons of sugarcane during the second half of November, down 4.54 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Since the beginning of the current harvest period, which began in April, mills in the region have processed 544.32 million tons of sugarcane, down 4.53 percent of the same period of last year.

Data released by UNICA indicates 45 mills had completed harvest activities during the second half of November. As of Dec. 1, 131 united had ceased harvest activities for the current season, down from 150 mills that had closed the harvest as of the same date of last year. UNICA estimates 132 mills and distilleries were still operational at the end of November.

During the second half of November, mills in the region produced only 527,830 tons of sugar, down 27.49 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Since the beginning of the current season, mills in the region have produced 25.76 million tons of sugar, down 26.82 percent when compared to the same period of 2017.

Ethanol production reached 743.83 million liters (196.5 million gallons) during the second half of November, including 523.54 million liters of hydrous ethanol and 220.28 million liters of anhydrous ethanol. When compared to last year, production for the period was up 7.28 percent.

Since the beginning of the current season, ethanol production has reached 29.09 billion liters, including 8.98 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 20.11 billion liters of hydrous ethanol. Overall, UNICA said ethanol production is up 18.57 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Of the sugarcane processed during the second half of November, 68.5 percent when to the production of ethanol, up from 63.42 percent during the same period of last year. Since the beginning of the current season, approximately 64.29 percent of the sugarcane processed has gone to ethanol production.

Mills in the south-central region of Brazil sold 2.62 billion liters of ethanol in November, up 11.66 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Sales included 104.52 million liters destined for export and 2.51 billion liters sold domestically.

Sales of hydrous ethanol reached 1.83 billion liters during the month, up 24.77 percent when compared to November 2017.

Since the beginning of the current season, mills in the region have sold 20.43 billion liters of ethanol, with 1.12 billion liters destined for export and 19.32 billion liters sold domestically.