Qatar has yet to secure any US upstream acreage. But two major downstream projects mean upstream is more of an imperative than ever.

Qatar Petroleum and Chevron Phillips Chemical last week agreed to partner on an $8bn US Gulf Coast petrochemicals facility (MEES, 12 July). QP CEO and Minister of State for Energy Affairs Saad al-Kaabi said the move “showcases the momentum of Qatar Petroleum’s international growth strategy, which has taken robust steps in various upstream and...