UNICA: Increased sales of hydrous ethanol continue into November

By Erin Voegele | December 07, 2018

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, has announced ethanol sales by production units in the south-central region of the country were up during the first half of November. The volume of sugarcane milled, however, was down.

According to UNICA, units in the south-central region of Brazil processed 21.29 million tons of sugarcane during the first half of November, down 9.18 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Since the beginning of the current harvest period in April, approximately 529.65 million tons have been processed, down 4.55 percent when compared to the same period of last year.

UNICA reported that 31 mills closed the harvest during the first half of November, down from 79 units that were expected to close out the season during the period. As of Nov. 15, 83 plants were still in production. Approximately 76 mills are expected to continue processing sugarcane in December.

Ethanol production for the first half of November reached 1.08 billion liters (285.31 million gallons), including 724.64 million liters of hydrous ethanol and 360.27 million liters of anhydrous ethanol.

Since the beginning of April, ethanol production is up 19.44 percent when compared to last year, reaching 28.34 billion liters, including 8.76 billion liters of anhydrous ethanol and 19.58 billion liters of hydrous ethanol.

Approximately 65.97 percent of the sugarcane processed during the first half of November went to ethanol production. Since the beginning of the current harvest season, 64.19 percent of sugarcane production has gone to ethanol.

Production units in the south-central region of Brazil sold 1.28 billion liters of ethanol during the first half of November, up 15.37 percent when compared to the same period of last year. Approximately 56.83 million liters of that volume was destined for export, with 1.22 billion liters sold domestically.

Of sales in the domestic market, 902.1 million liters was hydrous ethanol, up 30.84 percent when compared to the same period of 2017. The remaining 319.76 million liters sold domestically was anhydrous ethanol.

Since the beginning of the current season, bills in the region have sold 19.1 billion liters of ethanol, with 1.07 billion liters destined for export and 18.03 billion liters sold domestically.