In 1981, foreign upstream exploration interests held by KPC and the Ministry of Oil were consolidated into one entity, the Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company (KUFPEC). In addition, KPC acquired Santa Fe, a US based drilling contractor.
Between 1983 and 1987, KPC acquired most of Gulf Oil's refining and marketing operations in Western Europe, in addition to BP's Danish operations. Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI) was established in London to manage these interests. In 1986, the renowned Q8 Brand was launched. Other major expansions such as the purchase of Mobil network in Italy took place in the early 1990s. With a focus on international expansion, KPI began operations in Spain in 1992 and two years later acquired BP's Luxembourg assets. KPI penetrated the Italian market as well, with a refining joint venture with AGIP at Milazzo, and invested further in Italy's retail stations. Additional investment was made in Belgium and a further joint venture with OKF resulted in the birth of OKQ8; the biggest fuel retail market player in Sweden. In 2004, KPI decided to leave the UK market as the profitability was not sustained. The Company, however, expanded its market shares in the Netherlands by acquiring a part of BP network as well as an Automat network (TANGO). In Belgium, KPI become the second biggest market player due to the acquisition of BP and Aral networks. Airport refuelling operations throughout Western Europe and Hong Kong were also expanded. Today, KPI markets approximately 301,000 barrels of products per day in Western Europe with an additional 90,000 barrels per day being sold directly from its two refineries through more than 4,000 retail stations. It operates its own refinery in the Europoort and Milazzo. The company is also looking into further international expansion in the near and Far East. Today, KPC is one of the world's most respected, trusted and reliable suppliers of energy. It has a long and proud history.