January 15 (Renewables Now) - Ethanol producers in Brazil's Centre-South region sold 1.87 billion litres (494 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in December, up 4.91% year-on-year, local sugarcane industry association Unica said on Tuesday.
This number reflects the continuing growth trend since the harvest began. From the total hydrous ethanol sales, about 963.84 million happened in the second half of the month.
Anhydrous ethanol sales reached 681.86 million litres in December so a total of 2.67 billion litres were sold in the month. From this amount, only 120.64 million litres were exported, the national association stated.
Production of hydrous and anhydrous ethanol since the beginning of the harvest up until December 31 was 22.26 billion litres and 9.85 billion litres, respectively. In 2019, corn ethanol production totalled 1.05 billion litres, an increase of 104.03% over 2018.