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Brazil's Centre-South hydrous ethanol sales rise 48% in June

Sugarcane field. Author: Jenny Mealing. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

July 12 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Centre-South ethanol producers sold 1.69 billion litres (446.45 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in the domestic market in June for a 47.80% year-on-year increase.

Anhydrous ethanol sales stood at around 837.61 million litres, a decrease from the 839.94 million registered in June 2017, local sugarcane industry association Unica announced on Wednesday.

In all, total ethanol sales for the past month amounted to 2.62 million litres. Around 2.52 billion litres of the biofuel was sold on the domestic market and only 100.03 million went for export.

In the final 15 days of the month, the region produced some 2.35 billion litres of ethanol, 30.44% more than a year ago, of which 1.55 billion were hydrous ethanol alone.

As regards to corn-derived ethanol, a total of 24.47 million litres were produced in the final two weeks of June, Unica noted.

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