Brazil anhydrous ethanol prices rise on limited supply

15 May 2012 14:54  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil anhydrous ethanol spot prices rose in the second week of May on limited supply because of demand in the contract market, research group CEPEA said on Tuesday.

CEPEA assessed anhydrous ethanol at Brazilian reais (R) 1.3113/litre ($2.49/gal, €0.51/litre), up by 2.1% from R1.2844/litre in the week that ended on 4 May.

Hydrous ethanol prices moved in the opposite direction, dropping by 0.8% to R1.1559/litre from R1.1647/litre on increased production and subdued demand, the research group said.

Brazil uses hydrous ethanol as a standalone fuel in flexible-fuel vehicles (FFVs), competing directly with gasoline, while anhydrous ethanol is blended in gasoline at a mandated 20%.

CEPEA prices are ex-tank and do not include taxes.

($1 = R1.99)
($1 = €0.78)

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