UNICA: Ethanol production for the current season up 6% so far

By Erin Voegele | November 01, 2019

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced ethanol production for the current season is up nearly 6 percent when compared to last year. Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol are up more than 15 percent.

According to UNICA, mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 37.47 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of October. Since the beginning of the current season, which began April 1, milling has reached 510.26 million tons, up approximately 5 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

As of Oct. 16, UNICA said 25 production units in the region had closed for the season, up from 20 during the same period of last year. An addition 41 production units were expected to complete harvest activities by the end of October, compared to 32 last year.

Ethanol production reached 2.29 billion liters (604.95 million gallons) during the first half of October, including 689.25 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 1.6 billion liters of hydrous ethanol. Since the beginning of the current season, ethanol production has reached 27.52 billion liters, up 5.93 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Production included 8.31 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 19.2 billion liters of hydrous ethanol.

UNICA said those production volumes include corn ethanol. Approximately 20.21 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 44.06 million liters of hydrous ethanol was produced using corn during the first half of October. Since April 1, corn ethanol production has reached 667.32 million liters, including 448.08 million liters of hydrous ethanol and 219.23 million liters of anhydrous ethanol.

Ethanol sales by units in the south-central region reached 1.42 billion liters during the first half of October, including 1.34 billion liters sold domestically and 73.82 million liters destined for export.

Domestically, sales included 357.76 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 989.97 million liters of hydrous ethanol. Hydrous ethanol sales were up 4.35 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Since the beginning of the current season, domestic sales of hydrous ethanol have reached 12.61 billion liters, up more than 15 percent when compared to the same period of last year.