April 26 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Centre-South ethanol producers sold 599.55 million litres (158.38 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in the first two weeks of April, local sugarcane industry association Unica announced on Thursday.
Anhydrous ethanol sales stood at around 262.41 million litres. In all, the total ethanol sales for the first half of the month amounted to a little over 878 million litres. This marks the start of the 2018/19 sugarcane harvest.
According to Unica, 16.06 million litres of the biofuel were intended for export while 861.96 million litres were sold on the domestic market, which is a 12.80% year-on-year increase.
Some 993.26 million litres of ethanol were produced in the first 15 days of the month, including 136.97 million litres of anhydrous and 856.29 million litres of hydrous ethanol.
At the end of the first half of April, 170 production units were in operation, compared to 162 in the same period of the previous year. Unica estimates that 57 more units will start operation by the month's end.