UNICA: Ethanol sales, production of corn ethanol up

By Erin Voegele | March 22, 2019

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released ethanol production and sales data for the second half of February, reporting sales of ethanol surpassed 5 billion liters (1.32 billion gallons) during the first two months of the year.

Mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 543,370 tons of sugarcane during the second half of February. Since the beginning of the current season, which began in April 2018, mills in the region have processed 564.14 million tons of sugarcane, down from 583.13 million tons during the same period of the previous harvest.

As of the end of February, UNICA said eight sugarcane processing units and eight corn ethanol plants were operated in the south-central region of the country.

Only 2,370 tons of sugar was produced during the second half of February. Since the beginning of the current season, sugar production has reached 26.36 million tons, down from 35.84 million tons during the same period of the previous harvest.

Ethanol production reached 73.9 million liters during the second half of February, including 40.04 million liters of corn ethanol. Since the beginning of the current harvest season, ethanol production has reached 30.42 billion liters, including 9.1 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 21.32 billion liters of hydrous ethanol. According to UNICA, the production of hydrous ethanol is up 42.4 percent when compared to the same period of the previous harvest.

Of the ethanol produced so far this harvest season, approximately 692.29 million liters was manufactured from corn, up 50.9 percent when compared to the same period of the previous harvest.

According to UNICA, production units in the south-central region of Brazil, sold 2.45 billion liters of ethanol in February, including 2.37 billion liters sold domestically and 85.42 million liters destined for export.

Of the ethanol sold domestically, 653.31 million liters were anhydrous ethanol and 1.71 billion liters were hydrous ethanol. The sale of hydrous ethanol was up approximately 46.62 percent when compared to the volume sold in February 2018.

Since the beginning of the current season, ethanol sales by units in the region have reached 28.41 billion liters, including 26.93 billion liters sold domestically, and 1.48 billion liters destined for export. Of the volume sold domestically, 19.21 billion liters were hydrous ethanol, up 36.05 percent when compared to the same period of the previous harvest.