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File 10/1 VIII Bahrain Oil Concession [‎57br] (132/555)

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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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-En the lands so granted the Company
shall for the period of their agreement
enjoy full proprietary rights.
The Sheikh also recognises that the Com
pany has the right to acquire all and any
other lands and buildings necessary for the
said purpose with the consent of the pro
prietors on such conditions as may be
arranged between the Company and the
said proprietors without their being al
lowed to make demands of a nature to sur
charge the prices ordinarily current for
lands and buildings situated in their respec
tive localities.
At the expiry uf the agimnuit (he
ground and all immovable property left by
the Company shall bo handed back to the
It is however understood that within
the leased area the Company shall be
entitled to acquire only such land as is
necessary for their pipe-lines, refineries,
offices and other works and that save, in so
far as it is necessary in order to enable their
pipe-lines and railways to pass freely
to their destination, they shall not occupy
any land outside the leased area which
might otherwise be leased for the produc
tion of oil to a third party, unless they can
satisfy the Sheikh that no other land suit
able for their purpose is available.
A iitigle III.
■IN oonoidcration of the grant oi' tl^s
lease, the Company undertakes to D€ty to
the Sheikh within 60 days after^fs grant,
the sum of Rs. 10,000 and ttter^urther sum
of Rs. 10,000 on each awfuversary of the
grant, subject to th^^ delay " exception
mentioned in Article V, for five years, or
until, in accy^fclance with Article IX, the
Compaii^shall have declared that oil has
beep^found in commercially exploitable
Article w. UT
ALL lands granted by this agreement to
the Company or that may be acquired by
the Company in the manner provided for
in Article II of this lease as also all
products exported shall be free of all
imposts and taxes during the tenure of the
present concession.
All material and apparatus of every kind
necessary for the exploration, working and
development of the deposit and for the

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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).

Extent and format
1 volume (270 folios)

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.

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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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