UNICA: 630 million gallons of ethanol produced in early August

By Erin Voegele | August 29, 2019

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production during the first half of August was up more than 20 percent when compared to the same period of last year. The volume of sugarcane milled was also up.

Mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 42.54 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of August, up from 33.69 million tons processed during the same period of 2018.

Since the beginning of the current season, which began April 1, approximately 350.31 million tons of sugarcane have been processed in the region, up slightly from 350.22 million tons processed during the same period of last year.

More than 64 percent of the sugarcane processed during the first half of August went to ethanol production. Since the beginning of the current harvest, approximately 65 percent of sugarcane has gone to ethanol production.

Ethanol production in the first half of August reached 2.39 billion liters (631.37 million gallons), up 20.63 percent when compared to the same period of last year. That volume includes 1.66 billion liters of hydrous ethanol and 730.43 million liters of anhydrous ethanol. According to UNICA, hydrous ethanol production set a new record for the two-week period.

Since the beginning of the current season, ethanol production has reached 17.87 billion liters, including 12.35 billion liters of hydrous ethanol and 5.52 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol.

According to UNICA, 31.13 million liters of hydrous ethanol and 12.61 million liters of anhydrous ethanol were manufactured from corn during the first half of August. Corn ethanol production since April 1 has reached 430.34 million liters, including 276.72 million liters of hydrous ethanol and 153.62 million liters of anhydrous ethanol.

Mills in the south-central region sold 1.45 billion liters of ethanol during the first half of August, with 1.34 billion liters of that volume sold domestically and 107.37 million liters destined for export. Domestically, anhydrous ethanol sales reached 393.87 million liters and hydrous ethanol sales reached 949.37 million liters.