Brazil ethanol output to remain steady in 2011 – trade group

22 February 2011 20:08  [Source: ICIS news]

PHOENIX (ICIS)--Brazil ethanol production in the 2011-2012 crop year will be flat compared with the previous crop, Brazilian sugarcane association Unica said on Tuesday during an industry event in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ethanol production in the 2010-2011 crop year rose by 7.0% to 25.3bn litres.

The figure refers to production in the centre-south, which accounts for 90% of Brazil's ethanol output.

The sugarcane harvest in the area runs from April to November/December.

Unica also expects sugarcane production to remain steady in the 2011-2012 crop year, a representative said on the sidelines of the National Ethanol Conference.

Centre-south mills in 2010-2011 crushed 556.2m tonnes of sugarcane, an increase of 2.6% compared with 2009-2010 harvest.

The lack of growth in Brazilian ethanol production could point to a continued tight market in Brazil in 2011 because of firm demand for ethanol and expected economic growth.

The National Ethanol Conference, which is organised by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA), closes on Tuesday.

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By: William Lemos
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