UNICA: Anhydrous ethanol sales set new record in late October

By Erin Voegele | November 21, 2018

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced that domestic sales of hydrous ethanol set a new record during the second half of October, reaching 1.07 billion liters (282.66 million gallons).

According to UNICA, mills in the south-central region of Brazil processed 24.86 million tons of sugarcane during the second half of October, down 17.53 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Since the beginning of the current harvest, which began in April, mills in the region have processed 508.34 million tons of sugarcane, down 4.35 percent when compared to the same period of the previous harvest. The reduction is attributed to lower sugarcane yields and higher rainfall in major producing regions in recent weeks.

As of Nov. 1, UNICA said 52 mills in the region have completed harvest activities for the season. Together, those companies reported a 9.1 percent reduction in milling. An additional 79 mills are expected to cease milling operations by mid-November. During the same period of the previous harvest, 53 production units had completed harvest by Oct. 31, with an additional 32 units concluding harvest activities during the first half of November.

During the second half of October, sugar production was down 49.35 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Since the beginning of the current harvest, sugar production has reached 24.35 million tons, down from 33.22 million tons during the same period of last year.

Ethanol production reached 1.4 billion liters during the second half of October, down 11.16 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Production included 405.08 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 995.18 million liters of hydrous ethanol.

During the last two weeks of October, approximately 69.82 percent of sugarcane processed by mills in the south-central region went to ethanol production, up from 57.15 percent during the same period of last year.

Since the beginning of the current harvest, ethanol production has reached 27.26 billion liters, including 8.4 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 18.86 billion liters of hydrous ethanol. When compared to the same period of the previous harvest, the production of hydrous ethanol was up 45.96 percent.

Corn ethanol production reached 30.57 million liters during the second half of October. Since the beginning of April, the production of corn ethanol has reached 367.6 million liters, up 78.29 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

According to UNICA, 1.07 billion liters of hydrous ethanol was sold domestically by units in the south-central region of Brazil during the second half of October, up 26.54 percent when compared to the same period of last year. UNICA said that volume represents a new record for sales in the domestic market during a two-week period.

Total hydrous ethanol sales for October reached 2.02 billion liters, up 33.62 percent when compared to the same period of 2017.

Domestic sales of anhydrous ethanol reached 383.74 million liters during the second half of October, down from the 443.8 million sold during the same period of last year.

In total, mills in the south-central region of Brazil sold 2.89 billion liters of ethanol in October, including 154.11 million destined for export and 2.74 billion liters sold domestically.

Since the beginning of the current season, ethanol sales have reached 17.82 billion liters, including 12.35 billion liters of hydrous ethanol and 5.46 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol. Of that total, only 1.01 billion liters, or less than 6 percent, was designed for export. Approximately 16.8 billion liters were sold domestically.