January 28 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Centre-South ethanol producers sold 866.82 million litres (28.98 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in the first two weeks of this month, which is up 32.10% year-on-year.
Anhydrous ethanol sales stood at around 325.51 million litres, a decrease from the 364.66 million registered a year earlier, local sugarcane industry association Unica announced last week.
In all, the total ethanol sales amounted to 1.26 billion litres for the first half of the month, a 20.78% rise compared to the same period last year, with 1.19 billion to the domestic market.
Production reached 70.35 million litres in the country's Centre-South region for the first half of January. Corn ethanol accounted for the majority produced with 45.82 million litres.
From the start of the 2018/19 harvest and up until January 16 the total volume of ethanol sold in Brazil's Centre-South region was 24.34 billion litres, 16.63% higher than a yer ago, Unica noted.