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Kazakhstan high on Shell’s Superbucket list

Given Shell’s history of operation in Nigeria (along with Chevron, Exxon, etc.) , and the way the company likes to operate in 3rd world regions, it is clear why Shell (along with the other super majors) has focused on Kazakhstan. It is a country rich in hydrocarbon resources. It is also another country that is run by a corrupt, dictatorial government that can be ‘influenced’ to come around to the oil companies’ way of thinking. Ideal for Shell.

FROM A REGULAR CONTRIBUTOR, A SHELL RELATED SOURCE

John,

In Peter Voser’s recently published ‘bucket list’ of key geographical areas of planned future operation it was noted that Kazakhstan was very high on Shell’s investment priority list. Attached are a few links that explain why Royal Dutch Shell and others are so interested in Kazakhstan.

This should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the oil industry and the way Shell operates. The Caspian Basin has vast reserves of oil and gas, estimated to be second only to the Middle East despite that fact that oil and gas have been produce in the region for about 150 years. The political leadership in Kazakhstan is a corrupt dictatorship, and the Caspian Basin is one of the most heavily polluted areas of the world. There are effectively no environmental pollution issues to contend with in Kazakhstan.

In terms of potential reserves available for exploitation the Caspian Basin exceeds that of the US Arctic many times over yet oil and gas development, along with the associated environmental and political issues, gets little media attention in the West.

Given Shell’s history of operation in Nigeria (along with Chevron, Exxon, etc.) , and the way the company likes to operate in 3rd world regions, it is clear why Shell (along with the other super majors) has focused on Kazakhstan. It is a country rich in hydrocarbon resources. It is also another country that is run by a corrupt, dictatorial government that can be ‘influenced’ to come around to the oil companies’ way of thinking. Ideal for Shell.

Needless to say, the citizens of this country will see few of the benefits of the exploitation of this wealth of natural resources.

Royal Dutch Shell is nothing if not consistent in its way of operating in undeveloped countries.

Caspian Sea – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspian_Sea
1 Geological history; 2 Geography; 3 Fauna; 4 Environmental issues …. developed with numerous unregulated releases of chemical and biological pollutants. … Thus the Caspian ecosystem is a closed basin, with its own sea level history that …

Caspian Sea Oil Reserves – GeoInteractive

www.geointeractive.co.uk/…/caspian%20sea%20oil%20resources.ppt
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There are huge oil and gas reserves on and off shore of the Caspian Sea region. Contracts worth billions of dollars had since been signed, with the newly …

Kashagan Field – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kashagan_Field
Current production of oil (barrels per day), none yet, 1.5 million barrels per day … of five separate fields, producing formations from the Precaspian Basin.

Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakh ‘leader of nation’, hatches – Telegraph

www.telegraph.co.uk › Expat › Expat News
May 13, 2010 – President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who has ruled Kazakhstan since the fall of the Soviet Union, is edging closer to becoming a de-facto leader …

Caspian Basin Alert – Environmental Impacts

academic.evergreen.edu/g/grossmaz/caspianenviro.html
Caspian Basin Alert … They create 80% of the Caspian pollution. … it more difficult to regenerate its natural resources in the event of an environmental problem.

Environment – Environment – Caspian Sea facts – Caspian Info

www.caspinfo.net/content/content.asp?menu=0120000_000000
In this section the resources of the caspian, the environmental problems, the causes and … Today Caspian is the only world’s basin, in which the productive herd of … There are various sources of the pollution, which we can classify as follows: …

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