The crisis faced by the sugarcane industry throughout the year, can now reach Brazilian consumers . Since some parts of the country are under threat of running out of fuel at the end of this year, in the off-season, it will be even worse.
The Brazilian government is seeking an emergency plan, which aims to facilitate the expansion of transportation capacity and storage.
Recently, Petrobras announced that at the end of the third quarter its refineries reached 98% of capacity, and in some regions, this capacity had been exhausted.
According to a study by the Energy Saving Group UFRJ, ordered by Folha de São Paulo, Brazil will need to import almost 20% of the gasoline consumed in the next five years. The confirmation will come if the country does not expand domestic production and supply of ethanol remains restricted.