After gasoline and diesel, BH stations have readjustment of up to 10% in ethanol – Economy

Ethanol reached R$ 5.99 at a gas station in Regio Centro-Sul (photo: Jair Amaral/EM/DA Press)

The latest survey by the Mercado Mineiro research site pointed out in early April that the highest amount charged for ethanol in BH was R$ 5.59. Only one establishment in the capital previously charged less than R$5 per liter. In the coming days, the portal will publish the new price readjustment, practiced even before the Holy Week holiday.

Garage dealer der Luiz dos Santos, 43, regrets that the current price of fuel weighs so heavily on Brazilians’ pockets: “It’s hard to see how things are currently. Everything is going up and our salary does not follow this readjustment. We’re going from bad to worse.”

“The rulers are not even for us. We pay very high, while other countries charge cheaper for fuel”, adds the man from Belo Horizonte, who has drastically reduced car departures during the week.

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Eder said that he uses the car less on weekdays (photo: Juarez Rodrigues/EM/DA Press)

Physical education teacher and app driver Andrei Anderson Vieira, 36, attributes the increase in ethanol to low demand for gasoline in recent days.

“All of a sudden, I noticed that ethanol increased too much. There are stations where the price went up by almost R$1. The first impression was that the holiday interfered with this increase. I also believe that, because many drivers started to fill up with ethanol, there was this readjustment to force us to consume gasoline too. It doesn’t make sense”, he says.

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Andrei is disappointed with the sudden increase in the price of ethanol (photo: Juarez Rodrigues/EM/DA Press)

Salesperson Clber Santana, 36, has been fueling up with ethanol since the last increase in gasoline prices, but he is thinking about reviewing the strategy: “We saw an absurd increase in the past month, which meant that it was more advantageous to use ethanol. But now, both are at impractical prices. We have nowhere to escape in this situation. The way to think if we’re going to fill up with gasoline again. At least, it tends to yield more.”

Gas station owners attribute the increased difficulty in replenishing their ethanol stocks. The lack of the product has reached the distributors, which are unable to meet the total demand of the service station network.

“The Association of Sugarcane Industries of Minas Gerais (Siamig), which represents the sugarcane fuel production plants, admits that this year’s harvest is delayed due to climate issues and fires in the sugarcane fields”, emphasizes in a note the Union of Retail Derivatives Trade. of the State of Minas Gerais (Minaspetro).

“The problem has worsened and has also reached gasoline, which has 27% anhydrous ethanol in its composition, with dealers finding it difficult to find the product at the companies. Given the current shortage of ethanol, what the market has seen is a rise in the value of the product at the production plants”, he adds.

Last month, the union had warned about the problem of diesel shortages due to the lag of fuel compared to import prices. Now, the problem takes on a new dimension in view of the uncertainty of supply in relation to ethanol, which demand will grow more and more.

“It is important to emphasize that, at a time of global fuel crisis, all producing links need to act responsibly, without commercial opportunism and, above all, strive to ensure full supply to stations and, consequently, to consumers,” says Minaspetro.

Siamig denies problem

Cited by Minaspetro, Siamig was contacted by the State of Mines to comment on the situation of sugarcane crops in the state. But the entity denied that there is a lack of ethanol raw material in the market. “Siamig clarifies that there are no problems or shortages in the supply of ethanol by the mills, and that despite the delay in the new harvest (2022/23), the remaining stocks from the previous harvest (2021/22) are sufficient to supply the market”.

“We also inform you that the sugarcane harvest has already started in some units and that for the second half of April and beginning of May it is expected that the crop in the Center-South region will start at a faster pace and with more units starting production, thus increasing the supply of ethanol in the market. Siamig also reinforces that the forecast for the sugarcane harvest in Minas Gerais will present, in 2022/23, a recovery with greater ethanol production and supply to the consumer market”, says the entity.