UNICA: Ethanol sales continue to recover

By Erin Voegele | October 23, 2017

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced that ethanol sales continued to recover during the second half of September.

According to UNICA, plants in the south-center region of Brazil processed 40.31 million tons of sugarcane during the second half of September, down from 45.32 million tons during the first half of the month. When compared to the same period of last year, the volume of sugarcane processed during the two-week period was down 5.22 percent.

Since the beginning of the current season, mills in the south-central region have processed 467.17 million tons of sugarcane, down from 476.24 million tons during the same period of last year.

As of Oct. 1, UNICA said eight processes units have finished the 2017-’18 harvest, compared to 18 companies during the same period of last year.

Approximately 46.54 percent of the sugarcane processed during the second half of September went to sugar production, down from 50.15 percent during the same period of last year. Sugar production reached 2.85 million metric tons during the second half of September, down from 2.96 million metric tons during the same two-week period of last year, and down from 3.13 million metric tons during the first half of the month. Since the beginning of the current harvest, sugar production has reached 29.23 million metric tons.

UNICA said ethanol production reached 2.02 billion liters (533.63 million gallons) during the second half of September, up 11.55 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Production included 832.08 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 1.13 billion liters of hydrous ethanol.

Since the beginning of the current harvest, ethanol production has reached 19.42 billion liters, including 11.04 billion liters of hydrous ethanol and 8.38 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol.

Ethanol sales reached 2.31 billion liters in September, down 1.28 when compared to last September. Of the 2.31 billion liters sold, 157.95 million liters were destined for export, while 2.15 billion liters were sold into the domestic market.

UNICA said domestic sales of hydrous ethanol are still recovering, and reached 706.65 million liters during the second half of September. For the full month, sales of hydrous ethanol reached 1.38 billion liters. Domestic sales of anhydrous ethanol reached 778.36 million liters in September, with 376.26 million liters of that volume sold during the second half of the month.