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19 Nov 2020

Civil Expertise,
Publish What You Pay,

Kazakhstan: Lack of transparency and accountability around extractive projects; incl. company responses

Publish What You Pay

Transparency, Participation and Accountability in Kazakhstan, 19 November 2020

Two giant oil and gas fields in Kazakhstan that major European oil companies have invested in are high cost projects with few public benefits, a comprehensive new report from Publish What You Pay (PWYP) members and coalitions in three countries has found. Local communities say their health and the local environment have suffered. Public access to information is poor, and the projects have delivered few if any visible economic gains...

Based on 18 months’ research, analysis, inquiries to government, and dialogue with companies and citizens, the report concludes that Karachaganak and Kashagan have so far yielded few economic benefits to the country while at times impacting negatively on the environment, local communities and the personal security of industry critics. The report questions the viability of costly oil and gas operations at a time of falling global demand, Covid-19 and the urgent need for an equitable low-carbon energy transition.

[report includes company responses]