'File 86/1 VI (D 97) Kuwait Oil' [83v] (187/486)
The record is made up of 1 volume (242 folios). It was created in 7 Feb 1934-30 Apr 1934. It was written in English and Arabic. 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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the Sheikh or His Majesty's Government for defence purposes, for
aerodromes, aeroplane# or seaplane bases or for wireless and telegraph
installations or in connection with the development of harbours, provided
that with the consent of His Majesty's Government which shall not be
0 unreasonably withheld the Company shall have the right to use for the
purposes of its operations such harbours as may be developed by the Sheikh
or His Majesty's Government if there is not reasonable harbour accommoda
tion available elsewhere. Harbours developed by the Company shall be
< under its complete and exclusive control.
9 TELEGRAPH, wireless and telephone installations, if any, maintained
by the Company shall be for use only in its business and as provided in
the concession, and shall be so constructed and operated that their
operations shall not interfere with the operations of such wireless,
telegraph or telephone installations as may be established by the Sheikh
or His Majesty's Government,
10. THE Company declare that it is their intention, ^ should they com er
that coinmercial conditions justify it, to erect a refinery at Koweit. If
and when the Company is satisfied that commercial production is assured,
the Company agrees to examine with His Majesty's Government the question
of establishing a refinery in Koweit of suitable type and capacity.
H # in the event of a state of national emergency or war (of the exist
ence of either of which His Majesty's Government shall be the sole judge)
His Majesty's Government shall have the right of pre-emption of all the
oil produced in Koweit in accordance with the terms of the schedule hereto,
12, IN the event of notice of termination of the Agreement between the
Company and the Sheikh being given under the terms of that Agreement on
the ground that the Company has failed to observe any of the terms of this
Agreement between the Company and His Majesty's Government, the arbitra
tion provisions of the said Agreement between the Company and the Sheikh
shall apply if the Company considers that notice of termination on such
grounds under that Agreement is not justified,
IN WITNESS whereof Sir Louis James Kershaw, K,C,S.I # , C.I.E. on
behalf of His Majesty's Government has hereunto set his hand and seal and
the Company has hereunto caused its Common Seal to be affixed the day and
year first above written,
THE SCHEDULE above referred to
Pre-emption Clause .
In the event of a state of national emergency or war (of the
existence of which His Majesty's Government shall be the sole judge)
(1) His Majesty's Government shall have the right of pre-emption of
all crude oil gotten under the Concession granted by the Sheikh to the
Company and of all the products thereof and shall have the right to
require the Company to the extent of any refining capacity it may have in
Koweit to produce oil fuel that shall comply with the Admiralty specifica
tions at the time provided that Koweit Oil be of a suitable kind and
quality for this purpose.
(2) The Company shall use its utmost endeavours to increase so far as
reasonably possible with existing facilities the supply of oil and/or
products thereof for the Government to the extent required by the Government,
(3) The Company shall with every reasonable expedition and so as to
avoid demurrage on the vessel or vessels engaged to convey the same, do
its utmost to deliver all oil or products of oil purchased by the
Government under their said right of pre-emption in the quantities at the
time and in the manner required by the Government at a convenient place of
shipment or at a place of storage in Koweit to be determined by His
Majesty's Government, In the event of a vessel employed to carry any such
oil or products thereof on behalf of His Majesty being detained on
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The correspondence in the volume relates to three main areas of discussion:
- The Kuwait Oil Company's negotiations with the Shaikh of Kuwait, Aḥmad al-Jābir Āl Ṣabāḥ, for the granting of an oil concession in Kuwait. Included within the volume are copies of both the draft concession agreement, in Arabic and English, (folios 16-27) and copies of the political agreement between His Majesty's Government and the Kuwait Oil Company (folios 57-65, 71-80 and 83-84) as well as correspondence regarding particular clauses within both agreements. Also included are records of interviews between Harold Dickson, Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. Kuwait, and the Shaikh of Kuwait, 25-26 February 1934, discussing the Shaikh's thoughts on the draft concession presented to him (folios 28-35). The Kuwait Oil Company's negotiations were handled by Major Archibald Chisholm and Major Frank Holmes.
- The British Government's concerns over an oil concession for the Nejd-Kuwait Neutral Zone, and particularly the possibility of an American company receiving the concession from the Saudi Government. The correspondence is primarily between the Foreign Office, 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. and the British Legation at Jedda and seeks to determine what the position is between the Saudi Government and the two interested parties in the Neutral Zone concession: the Standard Oil Company of California and the Arabian Development Syndicate. Also included in the volume are records of two meetings held at the 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. between Sir Louis Kershaw, Deputy Under Secretary of State, and representatives of the Foreign Office, Admiralty, 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. and Petroleum Department to discuss the oil concession in the Neutral Zone, ways of attempting to ensure that British owned company secures the concession, and the difficulties of jurisdiction and protection of employees within the zone itself (folios 89-97 and 125-128).
- Correspondence between the Air Ministry, Air Officer Commanding , the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. Kuwait and the Shaikh of Kuwait regarding the lease of three sites within Kuwait: two at Jahra and Subaihiya [Şubayḩīyah] for use as landing grounds and one at Shuwaikh for use as an air base. The correspondence includes details of how the three sites are to be used and the conditions which the Shaikh of Kuwait places on their lease.
The volume also contains file notes (folios 220-225) which list each individual item of correspondence received and its date.
- Extent and format
- 1 volume (242 folios)
The contents of this volume have been arranged in chronological order.
At the back of the file are several folios of file notes (folios 220-225) which list each item of correspondence in the volume, with dates, and provides folio numbers (described as page numbers in the notes) in the margin to enable them to be used as an index.
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Foliation: The volume is foliated with pencil numbers, enclosed in a circle, located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The foliation sequence runs from front to back covers. There is an earlier foliation sequence which uses uncircled numbers in the top right corner of each recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. and runs intermittently from folios 2-30. The following foliation anomalies occur: 1A-1E, 16A, 27A, 56A, 57A, 128A, 186A. Folios 83 and 84 are fold-outs.
Watermark: The watermark EllamS can be found on folios 60 to 65.
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