UNICA: January sales of hydrous ethanol set record

By Erin Voegele | February 13, 2018

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that sales of hydrous ethanol set a new record in January, reaching a total of 1.36 billion liters (359.27 million gallons).

According to UNICA, mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 407,420 tons of sugarcane during the second half of January. Nearly all of that volume was processed by units in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

As of the beginning of February, only six units were still processing sugarcane in the south-central region of Brazil. During the same period of last year, 11 companies were still active in the region.

Since the beginning of the current harvest, approximately 583.96 million tons of sugarcane has been processed, down 1.66 percent when compared to the same period of the previous harvest. Approximately 53.1 percent of the processed sugarcane went to ethanol production.

Only 4,420 tons of sugar was produced during the second half of January. Ethanol production during the period, however, reached 67.46 million liters, with approximately 60 percent of that volume produced from corn feedstock.

Since the beginning of the current season, 25.33 billion liters of ethanol has been produced, including 14.72 billion liters of hydrous ethanol and 10.61 billion liters of anhydrous.

Corn ethanol production reached 39.2 million liters during the second half of January, with 37.52 million liters of that volume hydrous ethanol. Since the beginning of current harvest season, approximately 391.85 million liters of corn ethanol has been produced in Brazil, including 322.07 million liters of hydrous ethanol and 69.79 million liters of anhydrous ethanol. When compared to the same period of the previous harvest season, corn ethanol production has grown 130 percent.

According to UNICA, sales of hydrous ethanol reached a record volume of 1.36 billion liters in January, a 51.77 percent increase when compared to the same period of last year. Of that volume, 705.47 million liters were marketed during the second half of the month.

Approximately 763.87 million liters of anhydrous ethanol was sold into the domestic market in January, including 399.2 million liters that were sold during the second half of the month.

Since the beginning of the current harvest season in April 2017 through the end of January, units in the south-central region of Brazil have sold 22.22 billion liters of ethanol, with 20.87 billion liters sold domestically and 1.36 billion liters destined for export. Approximately 12.92 billion liters of hydrous ethanol has been sold so far this season, up 3.94 percent when compared to the same period of the previous season.