Brazilian biodiesel production declined for a second consecutive month in June, falling to the lowest level in two years as Brazil’s worst recession in nearly a century continued to impact domestic demand for fuels, according to data from the National Petroleum Agency (ANP).
Brazil produced 292.8 million liters of biodiesel in June, down 9.1% from the 322.2 million litres in June 2015, ANP said. June’s biodiesel production was also down 10.9% from May’s output of 328.8 million litres.
Biodiesel produced in Brazil is mixed with petroleum diesel and sold at the pump in a 7% biodiesel-93% petroleum diesel blend.
June’s biodiesel production was the country’s lowest since Brazil produced 251.5 million litres in June 2014. The two-month decline brought down total biodiesel production in the first half of 2016 by 3.5% from the same period a year ago.
Brazil’s biodiesel production has been lowerthroughout 2016, despite expectations of higher consumption during the summer Olympic Games being held in Rio de Janeiro.