BRAZIL: São Martinho increases cane crush by 15.2% in 2017/18

Published: 12/07/2017, 4:08:57 PM

Brazilian sugarcane processor São Martinho crushed 22.2 million tonnes of sugarcane in 2017/18, up 15.2% from the previous harvest, reports Sugaronline.

The company said it has already ended operations for the 2017/18 season in a statement released Thursday.

"The 2017/18 harvest was marked by operational records in mills acquired by the company, including 5 million tonnes of sugarcane processed in Santa Cruz mill, and 439 million litres of ethanol produced in Boa Vista mill (89 litres of ethanol per tonne of sugarcane)," the company said via press statement.

Sugar production totaled 1.4 million tonnes, up 8.2% from 2016/17. Anhydrous ethanol output increased by 22.4% to 487,000 cubic metres, while hydrous ethanol production reached 466,000 cubic metres (+73.1%).

During the 2017/18 season, São Martinho used 47% of its sugarcane to produce sugar and 53% for ethanol, in comparison with a mix of 54%-46% last year.

Brazilian sugarcane processors increased focus on ethanol production this year, due to better prices paid for the biofuel in relation to sugar.

São Martinho has also sold 845,000 megawatt-hours of energy to Brazil's national grid this year, a 17.4% increase from 2016. The cogeneration operation will keep running, with total power production estimated to reach 909,000 MWh by the end of 2017.

Average Total Recoverable Sugars (ATR) at São Martinho's mills closed 2017/18 at 139.8 kilos/tonne, compared to 130.3 kg/t in 2016/17.