Brazil January ethanol sales drop 32% year on year

14 February 2012 19:39  [Source: ICIS news]

BOGOTA (ICIS)--Brazilian sales of ethanol from production facilities in the south-central region of the country totalled 1.29bn litres in January, down 32% compared with the 1.90bn litres in the same period of 2011, sugarcane industry association Unica said on Tuesday.

The figure refers to the sugarcane harvest in Brazil's centre-south region, which accounts for 90% of the country's ethanol production and where most mills are represented by Unica.

Of the total sold in January this year, 1.24bn litres were used for the internal market and only 42m litres were exported, according to data from Unica.

The grinding of cane sugar units since the beginning of the 2011-2012 season to 1 February, totalled 493m tonnes, down over 11% compared with the 557m tonnes recorded at the end of the 2010-2011 harvest.

The reduction resulted mostly from bad weather for the sugarcane crop.

The production of hydrous ethanol reached 12.8bn litres, down 29% compared with 17.97bn litres recorded at the close of 2010-2011 harvest.

In the anhydrous ethanol sector, production grew by over 5% compared to the end of the 2010-2011 season with 7.81bn litres produced, compared to 7.41bn litres recorded at the end of the previous year’s season.

The centre-south accounts for 90% of Brazil's ethanol production.

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By: Leela Landress
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