UNICA: Ethanol sales up in first half of February

By Erin Voegele | March 08, 2019

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol sales were up during the first half of February. The increase is primarily attributed to significantly higher domestic sales of hydrous ethanol.

With the current harvest season, which began in April 2018, near its end, UNICA reported only residual sugar and ethanol production during the first half of February. Mills in the south-central region of Brazil produced approximately 1,650 tons of sugar and 61.31 million liters (16.2 million gallons) of ethanol during the period. Ethanol production during the two-week period included 37.76 million liters of corn ethanol.

Since the beginning of the current season, cumulative sugar production has reached 26.36 million tons, down from 35.84 million tons during the same period of last year. Ethanol production has reached 30.35 billion liters, including 9.14 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 21.21 billion liters of hydrous ethanol. Cumulative corn ethanol production reached 652.25 billion liters, up 52.88 percent when compared to the same period of the previous harvest.

Facilities the south-central region sold approximately 1.32 billion liters of ethanol during the first half of February, up 31.19 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Sales included 926.85 million liters of hydrous ethanol, up 50.76 percent when compared the same period of last year. Of the total volume sold during the first half of February, 1.27 billion liters were sold domestically, with 47.59 million liters destined for export.

Since the beginning of the current harvest season, ethanol sales have totaled 27.02 billion liters, with 1.44 billion liters exported and 25.27 billion liters destined for export. Sales were up 16.93 percent when compared to the same period of the previous harvest.