Two dead after explosion at oilseed plant in northern France
February 17, 2018 | 9:29 PM
by Reuters
Flames and smoke are seen after an explosion at a vegetable oil plant in Dieppe, France February 17, 2018, in this still image taken from a social media video. Photo - TWITTER/THE LOGAME via Reuters

Paris: Two people died after an explosion at an oilseed factory in northern France belonging to Saipol, the oilseed branch of French farmer-owned group Avril, the company said on Saturday.

Avril is the largest biodiesel producer in Europe and largest table oil producer in France with brands including Lesieur and Pouget.

A spokesman for the company said there was an explosion followed by fire at the Saipol factory in the town of Dieppe around 1000 GMT. One person was slightly injured and seven others were in a state of shock.

The factory, which produces raw oil that is later transformed into other products such as biodiesel in other plants, employs 40 people.

The company said the causes of the accident remained unclear and that it was too early to say when then output would resume.

In June last year, Saipol halted output at one of its biggest crushing units in northern France after a fire hit the electricity supply system.

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