UNICA: Ethanol sales, production increase in late October

By Erin Voegele | November 16, 2017

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sales of hydrous ethanol continued to increase during the final half of October, reaching near record highs domestically.

According to UNICA, mills in the country’s south-central region processed 30.02 million tons of sugarcane during the second half of October, down from 32.39 million tons processed during the first half of the month and 31.81 million tons processed during the same period of last year.

As of the end of October, UNICA said 43 production units have completed the 2017-’18 harvest, down from 67 units that had completed the harvest at the same time last year.

Since the beginning of the season, mills in the south-central region have processed 529.6 million tons of sugarcane, down 1.97 percent when compared to the same period last year.

During the second half of October, 42.85 percent of the sugarcane processed went to sugar production, down from 49.29 percent last year and 43.87 percent during the first half of the month. Since the beginning of the current harvest, only 47.6 percent of sugarcane has gone to sugar production.

Ethanol production during the final half of October was up 19.6 percent when compared to the same period of last year, reaching 1.57 billion liters (414.75 million gallons), including 921.07 million liters of hydrous ethanol and 648.7 million liters of anhydrous ethanol. Since the start of the current season, ethanol production has reached 22.6 billion liters, including 12.86 billion liters of hydrous ethanol and 9.74 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol.

UNICA said corn ethanol production from April through October reached 206.18 million liters, up from 78.82 million liters during the same period of last year. Production in October alone reached 45.5 million liters.

Ethanol sales by plants in the south-central region reached 2.46 billion liters in October, up 15.21 percent when compared to the last period of last year. The increase is primarily attributed to increased sales of hydrous ethanol, which reached 1.5 billion liters, up 21.66 percent when compared to the 1.23 billion liters sold in October 2016.

During the second half of October, the volume of ethanol sold into the domestic market reached 839.63 million liters, up 32.48 percent when compared to the 633.77 million liters sold during the same period of last year. UNICA said that this is the second highest value historically, surpassed only by the 877.33 million liters sold during the final half of October 2015.

Ethanol exports reached 171.97 million liters in October, with 79 percent of that volume being anhydrous ethanol.