January 15 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Centre-South ethanol producers sold a little over 1.79 billion litres (472.86 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in December for a 25.26% year-on-year increase.
This increase in the volume sold, a record for the month, is due to the biofuels competitiveness against gasoline in the domestic market, local sugarcane industry association Unica announced today.
Anhydrous ethanol sales, on the other hand, have decreased to 633.8 million litres last month from 809.52 million litres a year earlier. This reduction is due to the high participation of hydrous ethanol in the fuel market.
From the start of the sugarcane harvest up until December 31, the total volume of ethanol sold in the country's Centre-South region was 23.08 billion litres. Ethanol production in the same period jumped 44.27% to 30.12 billion litres.