June 27 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Centre-South ethanol producers sold 907.07 million litres (239.62 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in the first two weeks of June for a 66.54% year-on-year increase.
Anhydrous ethanol sales stood at around 503.79 million litres for a 23.57% increase from the volume registered in the same period last year, local sugarcane industry association Unica announced on Tuesday.
In all, the total ethanol sales for the first half of the month amounted to a little over 1.41 billion litres, of which about 29.77 million litres of the biofuel were intended for export.
In regards to the production, anhydrous ethanol stood at 700.58 million litres in the country's Centre-South region for the first half of June. Some 1.44 billion litres of hydrous ethanol were produced in the first 15 days of the month, the second largest in the country since the 2010/2011 harvest.
This increased volume in hydrous production is due to the greater milling in the fortnight and to the change in the production mix of the units, focusing more on the biofuels instead of sugar production, Unica noted.