UNICA: Ethanol production up in late November

By Erin Voegele | December 20, 2017

UNICA, the Brazilian sugarcane industry association, recently released data for the second half of November, reporting that sales of ethanol increased while the rate of sugarcane milling slowed.

Sugarcane milling units in the south-central region of Brazil processed 15.22 million tons of sugarcane during the second half of November, down from 19.68 million tons during the same period of last year. For the full month of November, 38.58 million tons were processed, down 6.94 percent when compared to the 41.45 million tons processed during the same period of last year.

Antonio de Padua Rodrigues, technical director of UNICA, attributed the reduction to rains that have made harvesting some areas difficult, and the closure of harvest by several units.

According to UNICA, 147 mills had finished their harvest activities by the end of November, down from 167 units that had concluded harvest activities at the same time last year.

Approximately 52.89 percent of the sugarcane processed by mills in the south-central region of Brazil since the beginning of the current harvest season has went to ethanol production. During the second half of November, the portion of sugarcane that went to ethanol production increased, reaching 63.17 percent.

Ethanol production during the final two weeks of November reached 799.81 million liters (211.29 million gallons), including 300 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 499.81 million liters of hydrous ethanol. During the same period of last year, ethanol production reached 795.14 million liters.

Since the beginning of the current season, ethanol production has reached 24.46 billion liters, including 10.5 million liters of anhydrous ethanol and 13.96 billion liters of hydrous ethanol.

Ethanol sales reached 2.33 billion liters in November, including 89.95 million liters destined for export and 2.24 billion liters sold domestically. Domestically, sales of hydrous ethanol reached 1.46 billion liters, 40.27 percent higher than during the same period of last year. Domestic anhydrous ethanol sales reached 787.1 million in November.