April 30 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Centre-South ethanol producers sold 863.17 million litres (228 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in the first two weeks of this month, up by 43.95% on the year.
Anhydrous ethanol sales decreased to around 306.02 million litres from 323.92 million litres a year earlier, according to data from the local sugarcane industry association Unica. The period under review marks the beginning of the 2019/2020 sugarcane harvest in the country.
In all, total ethanol sales amounted to 1.18 billion litres for the first half of the month, of which just 6.92 million was intended for export while 1.17 billion litres were sold on the domestic market.
Production in the first half of April reached 736.73 million litres in the country's Centre-South region. This includes 662.39 million liters hydrous ethanol and 74.34 million liters anhydrous ethanol, Unica noted.