UNICA: Anhydrous ethanol production up in early June

By Erin Voegele | July 05, 2019

The production of anhydrous ethanol was up at mills in the south-central region of Brazil during the first half of June. The production of hydrous ethanol, however, was down, according to UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association.

Data released by UNICA shows mills in the south-central region of the country processed 42.37 million tons of sugarcane during the first 15 days of June, nearly flat with the 42.52 million tons processed during the same period of 2018, but down 3.92 percent when compared to the previous two-week period.

Since the beginning of the current harvest season, which began April 1, mills in the region have processed 170.81 million tons of sugarcane, down from the 178.11 million tons processed during the same period of last year.

Hydrous ethanol production during the first half of June reached 1.37 billion liters (361.92 million gallons), down 5.87 percent when compared to the production during the same period of 2018. The production of anhydrous ethanol reached 736.89 million liters, up 5.18 percent.

Since the beginning of the current harvest, ethanol production has reached 8.29 billion liters, including 5.87 billion liters of ethanol and 2.42 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol.

Corn ethanol production reached 49.19 million liters during the first half of June. UNICA said if the current production level is maintained, the production of corn ethanol could surpass 1.2 billion liters during the 2019-’20 crop year.

Mills in the south-central region sold 1.3 billion liters of ethanol during the first half of June, with 1.26 billion liters sold domestically and 42.3 million liters destined for export.

Domestically, sales of anhydrous ethanol reached 354.76 million liters, with sales of hydrous ethanol at 902.03 million liters.