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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎35v] (79/468)

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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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Majesty's Government for defence purposes, for aerodromes, aeroplane or seaplane
bases or for wireless and telegraph installations or in connection with the develop
ment of harbours, provided that with the consent of His Majesty's Government
which shall not be 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 accommodation'1 1
available elsewhere. Subject to the terms of the agreement between the Company
and the Sheikh harbours developed by the Company shall be under its complete
and exclusive control,
8. 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.
9. The Company declare that it is their intention, should they consider that 1
commercial conditions justify it, to erect a refinery in Qatar. 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 Qatar of suitable type and capacity. a
10. In the event of a state of national emergency or war (of the existence 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 Qatar in
accordance with the terms of the Schedule hereto.
11. In the event of notice of termination of the Agreement between the
Company and the Sheikh being given on the ground that the Company has failed
to observe any of the terms of the present Agreement between the Company and
His Majesty's Government, the arbitration provisions of the said Agreement
between the Company and the Sheikh shall apply if the Company considers that
notice of termination on such grounds is not justified, and in that event the Sheikh
shall not cancel the said Agreement until arbitration takes place in accordance with
the said provisions and unless the Company fails to comply with the award of the
arbitrators within the reasonable time which shall be fixed by the arbitrators for so
IN WITNESS whereof Leonard Day Wakely , C.B., 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 Qatar to produce oil fuel that shall comply
with the Admiralty specifications at the time provided that Qatar oil be of a
suitable kind and quality for this purpose.
(2) The Company shall use its utmost endeavours to increase so far as reason
ably 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 Qatar to
be determined by His Majesty's Government. In the event of a vessel employed to

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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.

Physical characteristics

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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