UNICA: Sales of ethanol up during first half of January

By Erin Voegele | January 28, 2019

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the country’s south-central region sold 1.26 billion liters (332.86 million gallons) of ethanol during the first half of January, up nearly 21 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Sales of hydrous ethanol were also up significantly.

According to UNICA, mills in the region processed approximately 523,500 tons of sugarcane during the first half of January, down 3.55 percent when compared to the same period of the previous year. With the current harvest season near its end, UNICA said that only seven sugarcane units and eight corn processing units were still in operation as of Jan. 15. Sugar production reached 11,300 tons during the period, with ethanol production at 70.35 million liters, including 35.44 million liters of hydrous ethanol and 34.91 million liters of anhydrous ethanol. Of that 70.35 million liters of ethanol produced during the two-week period, UNICA said 45.82 million liters, or 65 percent, was corn ethanol.

Since the beginning of the current season, which began in April 2018, UNICA said sugar production has reached 26.35 million tons, down from 35.83 million tons during the same period of the previous harvest.

Mills in the south-central region have produced 30.2 billion liters of ethanol since the beginning of April 2018, up 19.54 percent when compared to the same period of last year. That 30.2 billion liters includes 9.14 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 21.06 billion liters of hydrous ethanol. According to UNICA, approximately 562.8 million liters of ethanol produced in the region since the beginning of April was manufactured from corn feedstocks.  

UNICA said units in the south-central region sold 1.26 billion liters of ethanol during the first half of January, up 20.78 when compared to the same period of last year. Of that volume, 1.19 billion liters was sold domestically, with 66.15 million liters destined for export. Approximately 866.82 million liters of the ethanol sold during the first half of January was hydrous ethanol, up 32.1 percent when compared to the volume sold during the same period of 2018.

Since the beginning of the current season, mills in the region have sold 24.34 billion liters of ethanol, with 23.05 billion liters sold domestically and 1.29 billion liters destined for export. Sales were up 16.63 percent when compared to the same period of the previous harvest.