The planned new beet sugar factory in Seneffe needs to overcome two hurdles before the scheduled construction in April 2020.
Construction of the planned new build beet sugar factory in Feluy (Seneffe), which has already been green-lighted by the Waloon Region, is expected to commence in the spring of 2020, according to local press reports.
The new beet sugar factory in Seneffe, costed at €327 million and planned to come onstream in 2021 has hit a glitch – the cooperative of beet processors (CoBT), party to the project, has not managed to secure the necessary funding in shares held by farmers after the second subscription period was opened to interested farmers.
Following the ban on the use of neonicotinoids in EU announced last April, the number of countries resorting to emergency measure to restore their use is growing as there are no effective alternative insecticides. Recently, Belgium has temporarily allowed the use of some neonicotinoids from mid-February 2019 until mid-June 2019.
Belgium – Proposed new beet sugar plant gets €7.6 million from the Walloon government [Full subscriber]
The sponsors of a new beet sugar factory in the industrial zone of Feluy (Seneffe commune) received a boost of €7.6 million from the Walloon government.
Netherlands-based port terminal operator Euroports has finished the renovation of its dedicated sugar terminal in Antwerp, Belgium, just in time for the first delivery trains of the 2017-2018 sugar season, the company said in a September 21 statement.
Based on a co-operative model, a new 14,000 t beet/day factory, sited probably in the main beet growing region of Wallonia, is proposed by the administrators of the Association of Walloon beet growers (ABW), according to local press reports.
One of the leading sugar beet seed producers SESVanderHave inaugurated a new €20 million plant breeding research centre in Tienen, Belgium on 6th September. The inauguration of the ‘SESVanderHave Innovation Centre (SVIC) was witnessed by 220 invited guests from 15 countries along with Willy Borsus, Belgium’s Federal Agriculture Minister, local mayor Katrien Partyka, President of Florimond Desprez (which owns SESVanderHave) Francois Desprez and the CEO of SESVanderHave Rob Van Tetering.