The sugar production season begins on May 4th with the transformation of syrup into sugar. This is preceded by the sugar beet season, which begins in mid-September. The latter is particularly important as it lasts only 80 days and is the only time when syrup is produced from sugar beet during the entire year (and thus, a major financial asset).

On May 5th, the following events took place:

  • 1:30 a.m.: a technician on duty detected a fire starting
    in a turbo-generator unit in the boiler house
  • 2:00 a.m.: the fire department arrived from a nearby
    town
  • Between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.: EDF (public electricity
    provider in France) cut off the 225 kV breaker at the
    request of the firemen
  • 5:25 a.m.: the fire was put out
  • Occupancy: Food processing industry
  • Property Damages:
            Equipment: € 4,000,000
            Buildings: € 600,000
  • Business Interruption: € 1,500,000 (additional operating costs)
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