UNICA: Ethanol production down slightly in early October

By Erin Voegele | November 02, 2018

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane association, has announced the volume of sugarcane processed during the first half of October was down when compared to the same period of last year. Production and sales of ethanol, however, remained relatively high.

According to UNICA, mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 25.59 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of October, down 21.32 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Since the beginning of the current harvest, when began in April, mills in the region have processed 483.56 million tons of sugarcane, down 3.54 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

As of Oct. 16, 15 sugarcane processing units in the region have concluded the 2018-’19 harvest. UNICA said it expects an additional 64 plants will complete harvest activities by the end of October.

Sugar production reached 1.12 million tons during the first half of October, down 43.83 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Since the beginning of the current harvest, sugar production has reached only 23.39 million tons, down from 31.33 million tons during the same period of last year.

During the first half of October, 67.83 percent of the sugarcane processed went to ethanol production, up from 56.12 percent during the same period of 2017. Ethanol production reached 1.48 billion liters (390.97 million gallons), down 6.62 percent when compared to the same period of last year. The 1.48 billion liters of production included 457.66 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 1.02 billion liters of hydrous ethanol.

Since the beginning of the current harvest period, ethanol production has reached 25.86 billion liters, including 8 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 17.87 billion liters of hydrous ethanol. UNICA said the production of hydrous ethanol is up 49.03 percent when compared to the same period of the previous harvest season.  

Mills in the south-central region of Brazil sold 1.35 billion liters of ethanol during the first half of October, up 27.17 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Sales include 66.03 million liters destined for export and 1.28 billion liters sold domestically.

Domestic sales of hydrous ethanol reached 946.3 million liters during the first half of October, up 42.75 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Domestic sales of anhydrous ethanol reached 337.79 million liters, down from 351.5 million liters sold during the same period of 2017.

Since the beginning of the current harvest season, sales of ethanol by mills in the south-central region have reached 16.27 billion liters, including 924.18 million liters destined for export and 15.35 billion down domestically, up 18.43 percent when compared to the same period of the previous harvest season.