A grain terminal operated by Chinese state-run grain trading giant COFCO at Argentina’s Port of Rosario suffered a major explosion on Wednesday.
COFCO International confirmed that the explosion occurred at the loading area of its facilities at Puerto General San Martin in Rosario, killing one employee while eight others were sent to hospital.
According to local reporting, local firefighters managed to put out the fire in a few hours and the number of injured people totalled more than 20.
The affected facilities have been shut down.
The cause of the incident is not yet known, and COFCO said the company will launch a full internal investigation and cooperate with any external investigations.
Rosario is a major shipping hub in Argentina and accounts for around 80% of the country’s agricultural export. COFCO bought the grain facility at the port from Dutch grain trader Nidera in 2014.