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Global downstream news: 2 October 2014

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


Six people have been injured in an explosion at one of the facilities at the PKN Orlen refinery in Plock. The blast occurred while launching one of the gas installations at the plant/


Kazakhstan is to rely on upgrading its three oil refineries rather than building a new one in order to achieve self sufficiency in oil products by 2016, according to Deputy Energy Minister Magzum Mirzagaliyev.

It will continue to import fuel from Russia during the work.


The newly commissioned isomerisation unit at OAO Rosneft’s 6.8 million tpy Kuibyshev refinery in Russia’s Samara region has produced its first lot of isomerate to be used in the production of high-octane gasoline.

The initial lot of isomerate meets the company’s targeted RON rating of no less than 88, at 88.6.



The Port of Baton Rouge is to get its first natural gas liquefaction and fueling facility in 2015.

Houston based Walter Marine, Inc. and Omaha based Tenaska NG Fuels, LLC announced on Tuesday that Tenaska Bayou LNG will be built on approximately 80 acres of the Baton Rouge port.


The Shelby County Health Department has confirmed that the Valero oil refinery in South Memphis is releasing elevated levels of the toxic chemical hydrogen cyanide. SCHD is investigating findings that show that in just one day, Valero is releasing levels of the chemical equivalent to what the refinery thought it was releasing over an entire year.

Edited from various sources by Emma McAleavey.

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