February 13 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Centre-South ethanol producers sold 1.83 billion litres (483.43 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in January for a 32.45% year-on-year increase.
This was the highest value ever recorded for the first month of the year, said local sugarcane industry association Unica.
Anhydrous ethanol sales, on the other hand, have decreased to 695.48 million litres last month from 764.81 million litres a year earlier. This reduction is due to the high participation of hydrous ethanol in the fuel market.
In the overall national market, the sales volume of hydrous exceeded 2 billion litres.
Production reached 30.29 billion litres in the country's Centre-South region for the first month of the year. Corn ethanol accounted for the majority produced with 614.48 million litres.
From the start of the sugarcane harvest in April 2018 up until February 1, the total volume of ethanol sold in the country's Centre-South region was 25.69 billion litres, of which 1.39 billion were intended for export and 24.29 billion to the domestic market, Unica noted.