State-owned petroleum firms in Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait are part of a global oil push further downstream, in a bid to squeeze more value out of their crude oil resources. In particular, Aramco has already invested in export refineries and Adnoc and KNPC are following suit.

The three firms are also looking to integrate petrochemicals capacity with their refineries, both domestically and overseas, with a view to cashing in on strong growth in petrochemicals demand across the manufacturing sector, particularly in Asia. (CONTINUED - 1537 WORDS)