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File 10/1 VIII Bahrain Oil Concession [‎56br] (128/555)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (270 folios). It was created in 15 Apr 1934-3 Jul 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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"till* made Between His Excellency
S M ET K IT HAMAD BIN SHEIKH ISSA
A L KHALIPAH SHEIKH of BAHREIN
of the one part, hereinafter called " the
Sheikh " (acting on the advice of the
British 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 the Persian
Gulf) and THE BAHREIN PETROLEUM
COMPANY LIMITED hereinafter called
^ the Company " (a Company incorporated
under the laws of the Dominion of Canada)
of the other part.
WITNESSES as follows: —
Article I.
THE Sheikh hereby grants to the Com
pany on behalf of himself and his successors
the exclusive right for a period of fifty-five
years to prospect and drill for, extract,
treat, refine, manufacture, transport and
deal with petroleum products, naphtha,
natural greases, tar, asphalt, ozokerite, and
other bituminous materials within the
area or areas described in words in the
first schedule to this lease and delineated
on the map attached as the second
schedule thereto. Such right, however,
shall not include the exclusive right to sell
such products within the leased area. He
also grants the Company the exclusive
right to construct and operate refineries
and storage tanks within this area and also
the right, but not the exclusive right to
construct, erect and operate pipe-lines,
refineries and storage tanks, railways,
wharves, and jetties, tramways, roads,
buildings, machinery and telegraph appa
ratus of all kinds in any part of the
territory under the control of the Sheikh so
far as may be necessary for the purpose
of their business.
The Company shall have the right to
prospect for, collect and use free anywhere
within the leased area, but not to export,
or sell stone, gypsum, salt, sulphur, clay,
wood and water, whether from rivers or
springs, for the purpose of their work.
The selection of routes and sites for such
works and the course of the pipe-line shall
rest with the Company.
RIP£R "A' L ^
Akticle II.
THE Sheikh grants gratuitously to the
Company all uncultivated land belonging
to him which may be needed by the Com
pany for their operations.

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The volume 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 and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the storage tanks calibration for the purpose of calculating the royalties payable to the Sheikh of Bahrain and on the first shipments of oil from Bahrain to Japan and Singapore.

The volume includes a copy of the draft lease contract with notes (folios 55-64), newspaper cuttings on oil in Bahrain and House of Commons' questions on Bahrain (folios 204-205). There are letters in Arabic with English translation, to and from the Sheikh.

There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 248-258).

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1 volume (270 folios)
Arrangement

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 248-258). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

Physical characteristics

The main foliation system starts on the 5th sheet with 1 and finishes with 259, wich is the last number given, on the 5th sheet from the back of the volume; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled and may be found in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio.

Foliation anomalies: 56A and 56B; 57A and 57B; 58A and 58B; 60A and 60B; 61A and 61B; 61A and 61B; 63A and 63B.

Foliation omissions: folio 233

A second foliation sequence starts on folio 14 and continues through to folio 247; the numbering for this sequence starts at 13. These numbers are also written in pencil and may be located in the same position as the main sequence.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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