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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎31r] (70/468)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (230 folios). It was created in 24 Jul 1935-15 May 1937. 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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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. . Memo. B. 444r
Oil Concession granted by Shaikh of Qatar to the Anglo-Persian
Oil Co., Ltd., dated 17th May 1935.
THIS AGREEMENT was made on the Seventeenth day of May 1935 r
corresponding to the Fourteenth day of Safar 1354, BETWEEN His
Excellency Shaikh Abdullah bin Qasim al Thani , Ruler of Qatar (who is
hereinafter called " the Shaikh," and this expression, whenever the contract
requires, shall include his successors and assigns), on the one part, and
Charles Clark Mylles , on behalf of the Anglo-Persian Oil Co., Ltd. (which
will hereinafter be called as " the Companj 7 ," and this expression shall,
whenever it is required by the contract, include its assigns), on the other part.
Agreement is hereby concluded between the Shaikh and the Company as
follows :—
Article First. —The Shaikh grants to the Company, in virtue of this Agreement,
and under the following conditions, the sole right, throughout the principality of
Qatr, to explore, to prospect, to drill for and to extract and to ship and to export
and the right to refine and sell petroleum and natural gases, ozokerite, asphalt and
everything which is extracted therefrom, which shall hereinafter be called " the
Substances." If the Company discovers, in the course of its investigation and
general activities, any minerals other than the Substances mentioned in the first
article, e.g. gold or iron oxide or any other minerals, it shall not be justified to
appropriate the same, but must inform the Shaikh of their discovery ; and the
Shaikh shall have full right to, and absolute control over, those minerals which
have been extracted and he shall be free in granting concessions for the extracting
of those minerals to any Company or Companies or to dispose of those minerals in
any manner he considers to be consistent to his interests.
Article Second. —Subject to the conditions of Article 7 below, the Company can
operate in any part of the State of Qatr as is defined below, but it will not operate
on places such as religious lands, cemeteries, lands occupied by religious buildings
or by essential enterprise by their owners as may exist on the date of the signature
of this Agreement or any customary extensions of such religious lands or cemeteries
or buildings as may be pointed out by the Shaikh. The State of Qatr means the
whole area over which the Shaikh rules and which is marked on the north of the
line drawn on the map attached to this Agreement.
The period of this Agreement shall be seventy-five years from the date of its
Article Third. —The Company shall explore the State of Qatr minutely by any
method which is best in its opinion to enable it to ascertain the probable existence
of the Substances.
And for the purpose of carrying out its work in accordance with this Agreement,
the Company shall employ all customary and proper means and shall carry out the
examination by methods agreeable to the modern Scientific knowledge. The
Company shall inform His Excellency the Shaikh of all its operations in this
connection from time to time.
The Company undertakes to keep drawings and maps and accurate records of
the wells drilled and such-like data, whether they be topographical, geological or
drilling, as it is customary to keep, and such information as these shall be open to
inspection by the Shaikh or his authorised representative.
Article Fourth. —In ponsideration of the rights granted by His Excellency the
Shaikh to the Company in accordance with this Agreement, the Company shall pay
4558 a 150 2.36 a

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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. at Bahrain and 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. at Bushire, Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) representatives and ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī, Sheikh of Qatar, in regard to the oil concession and the beginning of the oil exploration in Qatar. The volume includes: Programme of operations in Qatar from November 1936 to May 1937 (folios 110-118) and 'General and brief note on the water drilling operations of Petroleum Concessions Limited in Qatar' (folios 209-212).

There are some letters in Arabic, to and from the Sheikh of Qatar.

Extent and format
1 volume (230 folios)

The documents in the volume are mostly arranged in chronological order. There are notes at the end of the volume, (folios 215-221). The file notes are arranged chronologically and refer to documents within the file; they give a brief description of the correspondence with reference numbers in red crayon, which refer back to that correspondence in the volume.

There is also an brief index at the beginning (f. 2) indicating the main topics covered in the volume.

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The main foliation is written in pencil, circled, and can 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. The numbering commences at the title page with 1, then 2-37; 38 and 38A; 39-55; 56 and 56A; 57-198; 199 and 199A; 200 and 200A; 201-217; 218 and 218A and it carries on until 225, which is the last number given to the back cover. There is also a second foliation sequence, incomplete.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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