UNICA: Ethanol production up in second half of September

By Erin Voegele | October 18, 2019

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol production was up significantly during the second half of September. A new record was also set for the volume of ethanol produced per ton of processed raw material.

Mills in Brazil’s south-central region processed 35.08 million tons of sugarcane during the second half of September, up 26.6 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Since the beginning of the current harvest, which began April 1, mills in the region have processed 472.8 million tons of sugarcane, up 2.71 percent from the same period of the previous harvest.

Mills in the region produced 2.18 billion liters (575.9 million gallons of ethanol) during the second half of September, up 32.89 percent when compared to the same period of 2018. UNICA also presorted that mills produced 61.09 liters of ethanol per ton of sugarcane processed, which UNICA said represents a new cord for ethanol production during a two-week period during the harvest period.

As of the end of September, total ethanol production for the harvest hear reached 250.16 billion liters, up 2.71 percent from last year. Of the volume produced, 17.54 billion liters was hydrous ethanol and 7.62 billion liters was anhydrous ethanol.

UNICA also provided some data on corn ethanol, reporting that 40.5 million liters of corn ethanol were manufactured during the second half of September. Since April 1, corn ethanol production has reached 537.49 million liters, up 71.51 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Ethanol by mills in the south-central region reached 2.86 billion liters in September, including 2.66 billion liters sold domestically and 199.62 million liters destined for export.

Domestically, hydrous ethanol sales reached 1.93 billion liters, relatively flat with September 2018. Domestic sales of anhydrous ethanol sales reached 735.14 million liters in September.