US 2008 ethanol demand jumps 40% to 9.5bn gal

03 March 2009 21:54  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS news)--US ethanol consumption in 2008 was just over 9.5bn gal (36bn litres), a 40% increase from 6.8bn gal in 2007, US ethanol trade group Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) said on Tuesday.

US ethanol production last year was 9.2bn gal, up from 6.5bn gal in 2007, the RFA said, quoting data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Ethanol production in December 2008 was 854m gal, up from 842m gal in November and 636m gal one year earlier, according to EIA figures.

The US imported just over 500m gal of ethanol in 2008, an increase of more than 100m gal from the previous year based on US government figures, the RFA said.

The US is the world’s top producer of ethanol followed by Brazil, where production last year rose by about 20% to 25bn litres. Brazil is the world's leading exporter of the biofuel.

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