The total volume of ethanol sold by the plants in the Central-South region totaled 1.26 billion liters in the first 15 days of 2019, representing a growth of 20.78% over the same period of the previous year (1.04 billion liters ), with 66.15 million liters for export and 1.19 billion liters for the domestic market. According to the entity, the expansion of sales of hydrous ethanol in the domestic market continues intense at the beginning of this year, totaling 866.82 million liters. This volume represents an expressive increase of 32.10% in relation to the value recorded in the same period of 2018 (656.16 million liters). Preliminary data allow us to estimate that the fuel market of the Otto cycle (without CNG) showed a drop of close to 3% in 2018 when compared to the previous year. However, hydrate share should show significant growth, reaching approximately 26% in 2018 compared to 17.8% in 2017. “This increase in the relevance of biofuel is due to the increase of more than 40% in ethanol consumption, with a 13% in the C gasoline market, “Unica said in a statement. As a result of this expansion and the high competitiveness of ethanol in the resellers, the use of hydrates gave Brazilian consumers a saving of R $ 6.5 billion in 2018. To consider only the states with a tax policy that recognizes the benefits of biofuel as, São Paulo, Goiás, Paraná, Minas Gerais and Mato Grosso, totaled R$ 6.2 billion. The accumulated sales of ethanol by the mills since the beginning of the 2018/2019 harvest until January 16 totaled 24.34 billion liters, with 1.29 billion liters exported and 23.05 billion liters internally traded – accumulated growth of 16, 63% compared to the 2017/2018 crop. This volume includes ethanol produced from sugarcane and corn.

Source: Globo Rural