Qatar Petroleum (QP) has taken the next step in transforming its international presence, bagging five blocks in Mexico’s highly successful offshore offering this week. QP secured deepwater Brazil acreage in October with CEO Saad al-Kaabi telling MEES it is eyeing assets elsewhere in Latin America as part of a “very defined” expansion strategy (MEES, 8 December 2017).

Four of QP’s new Mexican assets are in a consortium with Anglo-Dutch major Shell (60% op, QP 40%),...