"To replace what they pump, oil companies need to collaborate with state-owned companies that control 90% of the globe's remaining oil reserves, by a World Bank estimate. But governments often give foreign oil companies access only to the hardest-to-develop acreage. Kashagan's large-scale stumble shows how collaborations in these difficult fields can go sour for both sides."
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Energy and security issues topped the agenda during Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev's trip to Washington. Yet human rights advocates were pressing the White House to place more emphasis on Kazakhstan's democracy deficit.
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