UNICA reports record production of hydrous ethanol

By Erin Voegele | May 22, 2018

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently announced that mills in the south-central region of Brazil produced a record 1.3 billion liters (343.42 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol during the second half of April.

According to UNICA, mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 37.68 million tons of sugarcane during the second half of April, up 55.3 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Only 35.78 percent of the sugarcane processed went to sugar, down from 43.06 percent during the same time last year.

The mills produced 429.88 million liters of anhydrous ethanol, up 28.78 percent when compared to the same period of 2017.

Approximately 32.04 million liters of corn ethanol was produced during the final two weeks of April, including 7.92 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 24.12 million liters of hydrous ethanol.

Since the beginning of the current harvest season, which began April 1, UNICA reported mills in the south-central region have produced 566.76 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 2.15 billion liters of hydrous ethanol.

Ethanol sales reached 1.91 billion liters in April, up 10.05 percent when compared to April 2017. Only 47.93 million liters of that volume was destined for export.

The volume of hydrous ethanol sold in the domestic market reached 1.33 billion liters, up 38.4 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Domestic sales of anhydrous ethanol reached 526.97 million liters in April, down 20.31 percent when compared to last year.