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'File 10/10 I Bahrain additional area' [‎35r] (69/136)

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The record is made up of 1 file (68 folios). It was created in 14 Mar 1943-27 Dec 1947. 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 bahrein petroleum company limited
B ahrein I sland, P ersian G ulf,
No. C/PA-278 29th. March 194-7.
His Britannic Majesty's 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. ,
The Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
Dear Sir,
Thank your for your letter No. C/392 dated 25th March,
194-7, indicating (1) that His Majesty^ Government has no
objection to the drilling of structure holes on Hawar Island
at points indicated by the letters M G rf and "H tf and "I" on Map
BR-4-86/I transmitted to you under cover of my letter No.
C/PA-24-7 dated May 13th, 194-6, (2) that such structure holes
should be drilled above high water mark on Hawar Island and
(3) that H .m .G. does not wish the Company to drill at the point
indicated by the letter "J" on the above mentioned map pending
the defining of the precise limits of Hawar Island.
May I request your reconsideration of the proviso that
all structure drilling shall be above high tide mark on Hawar
Island. Plans drawn up by the Company for this work require the
drilling of these structure holes by equipment mounted on a barge
which will be floated onto a beach at high tide and sunk by
opening a sea cock. On completion of one structure hole the
barge will be refloated (by closing the sea cock and pumping out
the water) and moved to the next location. A very large saving
in transportation equipment and the necessary operating personnel
can be achieved by this method but the location of the structure
holes will be slightly below high water mark. May I suggest that
some latitude in this connection be permitted while observing the
intent of the proviso in principle. Your early advice on this
matter will be appreciated. ^
s, ^ .03
Will you please advise the Bahrein Government regarding
this structure drilling program on Hawar Island and confirm that
they are in accord with the Company's proposals. Also, on the
basis of the request in my letter No. FA-40 dated 4th February
194-7? addressed to The Adviser, which was attached to letter No.
C/PA-273 dated 4th February 1947, determine and advise if there
is any restriction to the number and location of structure holes
which the Company may drill in this area other than that already
defined in your letter No. C/392. $1%
CoT &aen^ Y ™ rs very J ruly '
.~ r q , R. M. BROV/N

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The file contains correspondence and telegrams between 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. in Bahrain, the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in Bushire, the Financial Adviser to the Government in Bahrain, Charles Dalrymple Belgrave, and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the temporary modification to the agreement on the Bahrain additional area during the war.

The file also contains correspondence on the ownership of Hawar Island and Deebel and Jaradeh shoals, between Bahrain and Qatar, and maps of 'Bahrain & Vicinity' (3 copies on folios 14, 15, 40) and 'Hawar Island' (folio 44).

There are letters in Arabic to and from the Sheikh of Bahrain, Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifah.

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1 file (68 folios)

The documents in the file are arranged in chronological order.

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The foliation is in pencil, encircled, in the top right corner of each folio. The numbering begins on the front cover of the file, on number 1, and runs through to 62, 62A; and then it carries on until 67, which is the last number given on the back cover of the file. There is another foliation, incomplete: the numbering starts with 1 on the first page of writing (folio 2) and ends with 203 (folio 66); missing folios: 2-14; 20; 23-25; 29; 31-39; 197; 199-201.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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