May 23 (Renewables Now) - Brazil's Centre-South ethanol producers sold 934.72 million litres (246.92 million gallons) of hydrous ethanol in the first two weeks of May, up by 21.53% on the year.
This is the largest volume ever recorded in the first half of this month, local sugarcane industry association Unica said.
Anhydrous ethanol sales jumped 16.35% to around 382.36 million litres from 328.63 million litres a year earlier. In all, total ethanol sales amounted to 1.32 billion litres for the first half of the month, a 15.89% increase from the previous year.
Production decreased by14.28% to 1.78 billion litres in the country's Centre-South region. Corn ethanol accounted for 49.91 million litres.
From the start of the sugarcane harvest, the total volume of ethanol sold in the country's Centre-South region was 3.83 billion litres, of which 64.66 million were intended for export and 3.77 billion to the domestic market, Unica noted.