UNICA: Hydrous ethanol sales set new record in January

By Erin Voegele | February 22, 2019

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced mills in the country’s south-central region reported selling a record 1.83 billion liters (483.43 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in January.

According to UNICA, mills in the region processed approximately 563,420 tons of sugarcane during the second half of January. Since the beginning of the current harvest, which began in April 2018, mills in the region have processed an estimated 563.29 million tons of sugarcane, down from 583.83 million tons processed during the same period of the previous season.

As of the end of January, UNICA said four sugarcane processing units and eight corn processing units remained operational in the south-central region.

Sugar production since the beginning of the current season has reached 26.36 million tons, down from 35.83 million tons during the same period of the previous harvest.

Since the beginning of the current season, ethanol production has reached 30.29 billion liters, including 9.18 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 21 billion liters of hydrous ethanol. According to UNICA, production of hydrous ethanol is up 43.33 percent when compared to the volume produced during the same period of the previous harvest.

Corn ethanol production reached 50.8 million liters during the second half of January. UNICA said total ethanol production for the month reached 614.48 million liters, up 56.82 percent when compared to the same period of the previous harvest.

During the second half of January, mills in the south-central region sold 960.79 million liters of hydrous ethanol, up 32.34 percent when compared to the same period of 2018.

For the full month of January, sales of hydrous ethanol reached 1.83 billion liters, which UNICA called the highest value ever recorded for the first month of the year. Sales of hydrous ethanol were up 32.45 percent when compared to January 2018.

For anhydrous ethanol, domestic sales reached 370 million liters during the second half of January, up 13.68 percent when compared to the first half of the month. For the full month, anhydrous ethanol sales reached 695.48 million liters, down from 764.81 million liters in January 2018.

Since the beginning of the current season, UNICA said sales of ethanol from mills in the south-central region reached 25.69 billion liters, including 18.06 billion liters of hydrous ethanol and 7.63 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol. Of that total volume, 1.39 billion liters was destined for export, with 24.29 billion liters sold domestically. Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol reached 17.49 billion liters, up 35.1 percent when compared to the same period of the previous harvest.