BRAZIL: UNICA says cane crush in centre-south at 47.35 million tonnes in 2H July

Published: 08/10/2018, 8:49:50 AM

Sugarcane mills located in Brazil's centre-south totaled 47.35 million tonnes of cane in the second half of July, down 6.99% year-on-year, while sales of hydrous ethanol have set another record, according to sugarcane industry association UNICA, reports Anna Flavia Rochas for Sugaronline.

Sugar production decreased 23.65% to 2.61 million tonnes, and ethanol output totaled 2.6 billion litres, up 24.66%. Ethanol anhydrous production totaled 864.26 million litres and hydrous ethanol reached 1.74 billion litres.

Total Recoverable Sugars (ATR) reached 150.46 kilos per tonne of sugarcane in the last 15 days of July, up 7,44% from the same time last year.

Mills continue to focus on ethanol production, and used 61.53% of the total raw material to produce the biofuel, and 38.47% to sugar output in the second half of July.

Corn ethanol production has reached 22.87 million litres in the second half of July, and 210.67 million litres since the start of the 2018/19 season in April.

Between April and August 1, centre-south mills crushed 314.8 million tonnes of sugarcane (+5.52%), producing 14.75 million tonnes of sugar (-16.31%) and 16.05 billion litres of ethanol (+38.28%). ATR is at 134.67 kilos per tonne, up 5.24% from the same time last year.

Centre-south mills sold 1.5 billion litres of ethanol in the second half of July, 35% more than sales in the same time last year, pushed by increased competitiveness of hydrous ethanol in relation to gasoline in the fuel stations.

Hydrous ethanol sales in the second half of July reached 930.4 million litres, setting a new record for a fortnight. Sales of anhydrous ethanol in the domestic market increased by 20%, from the previous fortnight, to 407.4 million litres.

The competitiveness of hydrous ethanol in relation to gasoline this season has been the strongest in the past decade in Sao Paulo, Parana, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso, Goias e Rio de Janeiro states, UNICA said in a statement citing data from Brazil's National Agency of Oil, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP).

"At this moment, fueling with ethanol generates important savings for the consumer, as well as the numerous environmental and public health benefits of using a clean and renewable energy source," said Antonio de Padua Rodrigues, UNICA's director.

UNICA estimates that owners of flex-fuel vehicles in Brazil with an average consumption of 200 litres of fuel per month is saving BRL120 (US$32.9) on average, monthly, by using ethanol.