Ethanol plant owned by Louis Dreyfus explodes
One worker died and another was seriously injured in an explosion at the ethanol plant Usina Santa Elisa in the town of Sertaõzinho, Brazil. Santa Elisa, owned by Biosev (a Louis Dreyfus company) suffered an explosion in a turbine of a sugarcane milling machine on the afternoon of December 4.
One of the employees died instantly and another worker suffered severe burns to his face and was rescued by the plant’s emergency staff . In a statement, Biosev said the causes are still being investigated and “Biosev mourns the passing of his collaborator and provides full support to their families”.
Biosev, which is Louis Dreyfus Commodities’ sister company and sugarcane milling business, was created in October 2009 following the merger of LDC Bioenergia and Santelisa Vale. It is, according to the Group’s estimates, the largest “pure-play” (i.e. concentrating solely on sugarcane processing) sugarcane processor in the world in terms of capacity, and overall has the second largest sugarcane crushing capacity in the world. Biosev employs more than 18,000 people including both full-time and seasonal workers and operates 355,000 hectares of sugarcane plantations, as well as 12 sugar and ethanol mills.