An explosion and fire at a vegetable oil plant in Quebec province, Canada, Monday has temporarily cost the local economy 70 jobs, TVA Nouvelles reports.
The owners of the Viterra vegetable oil plant in Bécancour have shut down operations for an indefinite period before replacing a destroyed electrical transformer and refurbishing the plant’s electrical system.
“We would not want to reopen under conditions that could allow other cases like this,” Bécancour mayor Jean-Guy Dubois said after meeting with Viterra officials.
In Bécancour, Viterra operates a canola and soybean processing facility, the largest oilseed processing facility in Eastern Canada. The plant produces vegetable oil destined for food and industrial markets, as well as meal for the livestock industry.