Brazil's Centre-South hydrous ethanol sales rise 38% in April

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May 11 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Centre-South ethanol producers sold 1.33 billion litres (351.34 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in the domestic market in April for a 38.40% year-on-year increase.

Anhydrous ethanol sales stood at around 526.97 million litres, a 20.31% decrease from the 661.27 million registered in April 2017. In all, total ethanol sales for the past month amounted to 1.91 million litres, local sugarcane industry association Unica announced on Thursday. About 47.9 million litres of the biofuel were intended for export.

In the final 15 days of the month, the region produced some 429.88 million litres of anhydrous and 1.30 billion litres of hydrous ethanol. This was the largest production of the biofuel since the second half of August in the 2015/16 harvest, said Unica's Technical Director Antonio de Padua Rodrigues.

From the start of the sugarcane harvest up until April 30, the total volume of ethanol produced in the country's Centre-South region added up to a little over 2.8 billion litres.

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