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'File 86/1 III (D 81) Kuwait Oil. Eastern and General Syndicate' [‎51r] (118/382)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (190 folios). It was created in 14 Jun 1932-31 Jan 1933. It was written in English. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers.


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K O A I T.
Draft of Meraorandum for submission to the Sheikh showing
a comparison between draft Concessions submitted by the
Eastern and General Syndicate, and the Anglo-Persian..
Oil Company.
Note. The oomparaison is made between the third draft
submitted by the Eastern and Qeneral Syndicate in June
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. f . 1932, and the* iirsl draft.submitted by the Anglo - p ersian
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Oil Company in August 1932.
eastern and General
Anglo-Persian Oil
Eeriodi 70 years (5 years of
which are stated to be for
exploratory work and
selection of areas'.
period: Exploration 2
years. Test Drilling
2 years. Lease 70
Exploration and ^rospectia; .
'iVhichever Company is granted the Concession will
find it necessary to carry out explanatory work as the
geology of the country is much obscured by superficial
deposits. The Eastern and General Syndicate refer rather
Taguely to "exploratory work" by geologists and engineers,
which they undertake to begin within 9 months oi the date
of the Concession, failing which the Sheikh may cancel the
Concession. Nothing is said as to drilling and the
Syndicate require a period of 5 years for their
exploratory work.
The Anglo-Persian Oil Comoany ask for a maximum
period of two years for exploratory work, which will be
reduced if they undertake drilling within that period, to
be followed by a maximum period of two years, during

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The volume contains correspondence relating to the draft oil concession agreements presented to the Shaikh of Kuwait (Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ) by the Eastern and General Syndicate Limited, and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (A.P.O.C.).

The correspondence focuses particularly on the individual clauses within the two draft agreements and a comparison of them for the Shaikh in order that he can make an informed decision on which concession proposal is best for his country. The memorandum comparing the drafts is produced by the Petroleum Department of the British Government and two copies of it are contained in the volume (folios 48-64, 153-161).

Also included in the volume is correspondence between the US Embassy in London and the Foreign Office regarding what the US embassy view as unacceptable delays in the amount of time it has taken the British Government to discuss the question of the Kuwait concession and repeating their concerns that the Eastern and General Syndicate will not be compared favourably alongside the British A.P.O.C. proposal. Also outlined by the Foreign Office are their fears that the Government's delays in responding to the US in this matter could potentially affect more serious negotiations in the future between the two countries.

Other items of interest in the volume include:

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1 volume (190 folios)

The contents of the file have been arranged mostly in chronologically order.

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Foliation: The principal foliation runs from the first folio to last folios and consists of numbers enclosed in a circle in the top right hand corner. A second former sequence commences on the first folio of writing and concludes on folio 173, consisting of pencil numbers (not circled) in the top right hand corner. This sequence has gaps. Foliation anomalies: 1A-1D, 21A, 162A

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