Brazil's Centre-South ethanol producers sold 750.75 million litres (198.32 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in the first two weeks of this month, a 36.26% year-on-year increase.
Anhydrous ethanol sales stood at around 390.62 million litres. Sales in December are strong, due to the greater competitiveness of ethanol compared to gasoline, local sugarcane industry association Unica said last week.
Overall, the total ethanol sales for the first 15 days of December amounted to 1.16 billion litres, with 16.80 million litres intended for export and 1.14 billion litres for the domestic market.
Some 494.01 million litres of ethanol were produced in the period under review, of which 351.10 million were hydrous ethanol and 142.91 million litres were anhydrous.
Since the beginning of the sugarcane harvest back in April and up until December 16, the proportion of sugarcane intended for the production of ethanol totaled 53.01%, Unica noted.