Dreyfus’ Sask. canola plant offline indefinitely


Reuters — A canola-crushing plant owned by the Canadian unit of global grain trader Louis Dreyfus will be offline indefinitely after an explosion and fire on Friday, the company said.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the blast at the Yorkton, Sask. plant, and an assessment of the structural condition of a canola meal storage shed is under way, Louis Dreyfus Commodities said in a statement late Monday.

“LDC cannot state at this time when operations at the plant will resume,” it said.

The company has not released an estimate of the damage. One worker sustained a minor injury.

The plant, one of two major crushers in the area, has the capacity to crush 850,000 tonnes of canola a year, according to a Dreyfus website. It produces oil for vegetable oil markets and meal, mainly used to feed livestock.

The other crush plant at Yorkton is owned by Richardson International.

— Reporting for Reuters by Rod Nickel in Winnipeg.

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