Teaming up with Chevron Phillips in the US was an opportunity not to be missed. But in sharp contrast with its neighbors, Qatar Petroleum’s ambitious downstream focus is resolutely domestic.

Qatar Petroleum is overseeing a dynamic petrochemicals industry with grand expansion plans. CEO, and Energy Minister, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi tells MEES that petrochemicals is central to the firm’s strategy and that “QP is still in chemicals…we have always been in chemicals and we...