October 26 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Centre-South ethanol producers sold 655.4 million litres (173.13 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in the first two weeks of October, a increase of 9.82% year-on-year.
This was the first time in 2017/2018 that hydrous sales are significant larger than the 2016/2017 harvest, according to local sugarcane industry association Unica. Anhydrous ethanol sales stood at around 350.3 million litres.
Overall, total ethanol sales for the first half of October amounted to 1.05 billion litres, of which around 46.04 million litres were intended for export, while 1.01 billion litres were sold on the domestic market.
Some 1.58 billion litres of ethanol were produced in the first two weeks of the month, a 11.62% increase. Since the beginning of the sugarcane harvest back in April and up until October 15, the country produced 11.94 billion litres of hydrous ethanol and 9.08 billion litres of anhydrous ethanol, Unica noted.