August 10 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Centre-South ethanol producers sold 1.70 billion litres (449 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol for the whole month of July for a 51.9% year-on-year increase.
Anhydrous ethanol sales stood at around 748.63 million litres, according to local sugarcane industry association Unica.
Overall, the total ethanol sales for July amounted to 2.70 billion litres, of which around 2.45 billion litres of the biofuel was intended for the domestic market only and 253.04 million for export.
The overall sales were surprising for last month and Unica expects to reach higher levels in August, according to the association's Technical Director Antonio de Padua Rodrigues.
In regards to ethanol generation, the region produced some 864.26 million litres of anhydrous and 1.74 billion litres of hydrous ethanol in the final 15 days of July.
Since the beginning of the sugarcane harvest back in April and up until August 1, the country has produced 16.05 billion litres of the biofuel, Unica noted.