June 14 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Centre-South ethanol producers sold 2.05 billion litres (541 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in May, an improvement of 53.19% year-on-year.
This is the largest volume ever recorded for the month in question, local sugarcane industry association Unica said.
Anhydrous ethanol sales jumped 44.53% to around 805.33 million litres from 557.20 million litres a year earlier. In all, total ethanol sales amounted to 2.85 billion litres for the last month, a 50.64% increase from the previous year.
Production in the last fifteen days of May for hydrous and anhydrous ethanol was of 1.42 billion litres and 723.04 million litres, respectively. Corn ethanol accounted for 48.59 million litres.
From the start of the sugarcane harvest, the total volume of ethanol sold in the country's Centre-South region was 5.51 billion litres, of which 203.89 million were intended for export and 5.31 billion to the domestic market, Unica noted.