June 14 (Renewables Now) - Hydrous ethanol sales in Brazil's Centre-South reached 600.3 million litres (158.6 million gallons) in the second half of May, local sugarcane industry association Unica announced on Tuesday.
Anhydrous ethanol sales contracted to around 454.93 million litres. This is the fourth consecutive fortnight of grinding retraction in relation to last year's cycle, mainly due to climatic conditions that interrupted the expected harvest rate, Unica said.
All ethanol sales totalled 1.14 billion litres in the final weeks of May. According to Unica, around 82.59 million litres of the biofuel were intended for export while 1.06 billion litres were sold on the domestic market.
From the start of the sugarcane harvest up until June 1, the total volume of ethanol produced in the country's Centre-South region was 4.30 billion liters, including 1.69 billion litres of anhydrous and 2.61 billion litres of hydrous ethanol.