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Brazil's ethanol consumption breaks record, grows 10.5% in 2019

Sugarcane harvesting in Brazil

February 5 (Renewables Now) - In 2019 Brazil's consumption of ethanol reached a new record of 32.8 billion litres (8.6 billion gallons), a 10.5% year-on-year increase, local sugarcane industry association Unica said on Tuesday.

From the total volume registered, hydrous ethanol accounted for 22.5 billion litres, up 16.3% from 2018, while demand for anhydrous ethanol reached 10.3 billion litres, according to data released by the Brazilian Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency (ANP) and Unica.

On average, the country consumed 2.74 billion litres of ethanol every 30 days last year, the highest monthly average sales ever recorded in Brazil. The share of ethanol in the fuel mix used by passenger cars and light cargo vehicles jumped to 48.3%, the highest since 2009.

The biofuel also supplied more than half of the mix for the light vehicle fleet in at least five states -- Mato Grosso, Parana, Minas Gerais, Goias and Sao Paulo. This represents, on average, 2.1 litres of ethanol consumed for each litre of pure gasoline sold, Unica noted.

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