Brazil ethanol sales in April-June drop 8% to 4.71bn litres

12 July 2012 21:03  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Brazil ethanol sales in April-June totalled 4.71bn litres (1.24bn gal), an 8% reduction compared with the same months of 2011, sugarcane industry association Unica said on Thursday.

Hydrous ethanol accounted for 2.78bn litres of the volume, the group said, adding that anhydrous ethanol sales totalled 1.93bn litres.

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

Exports accounted for 9.6% of total ethanol sales in April-June, Unica said.

Unica tracks ethanol sales starting in April because that is the month when the sugarcane harvest begins in Brazil's key centre-south region.

The harvest in the centre-south, where most sugarcane mills are represented by Unica, runs from April to November/December.

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