UNICA: Ethanol production up in early September

By Erin Voegele | October 06, 2017

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released data for first half of September, reporting that mills in the south-central region produced more ethanol than sugar for the second two-week period.

Mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 45.44 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of September, up 19.95 percent when compared the same period of the previous year.

During the two week period, 47.96 percent of the processed cane was used to make sugar, down from 48.09 percent during the same period of 2016.

Ethanol production reached 2.1 billion liters (554.76 million gallons) during the first half of September, up 30.34 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Production included 1.22 billion liters of hydrous ethanol, and 879.22 million liters of anhydrous ethanol.

From the beginning of the current harvest season through mid-September, 427 million tons of sugarcane have been processed by mills in the south-central region of Brail, down nearly 7 million tons when compared to the same period of the previous harvest season. Ethanol production has reached 17.39 billion liters since the beginning of the harvest season, including 7.48 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 9.91 million liters of hydrous ethanol.

Sales of ethanol by plants in the south-central region reached 1.1 billion liters during the first half of September, with 26.79 million liters exported and 1.07 billion liters sold into the domestic market. In the domestic market, sales included 403.15 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 668.53 million liters of hydrous ethanol.