US weekly ethanol output averaged 1.02 million barrels per day (b/d) in the first half of 2017, representing a year-on-year rise of 5%, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Ethanol production is expected to stay relatively high during the second six months of 2017 and to reach a rate of 1.02 million b/d for the year, which is equivalent to 15.8 billion gallons (59.8 billion litres).

As US ethanol is made mainly from corn, large corn harvests have contributed to increased production in recent years, EIA said in a Today in Energy article last week.

Ethanol production has also risen as a result of growth in US motor gasoline demand. In the US almost all gasoline is now blended with 10% ethanol.

Ethanol exports have also been increasing. Still, ethanol inventory levels remain elevated at a time when they are usually declining to meet peak driving demand, EIA said.

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