UNICA: Sales of hydrous ethanol break bi-weekly record

By Erin Voegele | September 21, 2018

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced sales of hydrous ethanol set a new bi-weekly record during the second half of August, reaching 1.05 billion liters (277.38 million gallons).

According to UNICA, mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 43.31 million tons of sugarcane during the second half of August, up 10.83 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Since the beginning of the current harvest season, which began in April, mills in the region have processed 391.77 million tons, up 2.33 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

Sugar production reached 2.37 million tons during the second half of August, down 6.85 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Since the beginning of the season, only 18.84 million tons of sugar has been produced, down 19.28 percent when compared to the same period of 2017.

Ethanol production reached 2.45 billion gallons during the second half of August, up 37.31 percent when compared to the same period of last year. That 2.45 billion gallons included 1.67 billion liters of hydrous ethanol and 776.35 million liters of anhydrous ethanol. Since the beginning of the current season, ethanol production has reached 20.50 billion liters, up 33.51 percent when compared to the same period of 2017. That volume includes 6.35 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 14.14 billion liters of hydrous ethanol.

Sales of hydrous ethanol by units in the south-central region set a new bi-weekly record during the second half of August, with approximately 1.05 billion liters sold domestically. According to UNICA, the previous record for bi-weekly hydrous ethanol sales was set during the second half of July when sales reached 932.35 million liters. For the full month of August, hydrous ethanol sales reached 1.97 billion liters.

Mills in the region also sold 798.54 million liters of anhydrous ethanol in August, including 427.2 million liters that were sold during the second half of the month.

Since the beginning of April, mills in the south-central region of Brazil have sold 12.19 billion liters of ethanol, including 693.22 million liters that were destined for export. Overall, sales of ethanol are up 15.73 percent so far this season when compared to the same period of 2017.