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'File 82/27 VIII F 91 QATAR OIL' [‎210r] (436/468)

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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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The Company^s Geologists in conjunction with the
Ruler selected the sites for the two wells, one near the
Shaikh f s garden at Dohah and one near his garden at Riyan.
It was onsidered by the geologists and water experts
that artesian water would be got at approximately the Bah
rain level and not irare than about 500 ft. but the driller
was prepared to go to 1000'. For this purpose EDEC0
equipment (English Drilling Equipment Co») was to be used*
The rig and derrick are of the cable tool or percussion
type operated by a Blackstone engine#
The possibility of finding artesian water was al
ways mere conjecture with the very liiaited information
on Qatar available,
(a) No. 1 Well# Dohah ,
This was spudded in on December 8th. At a
depth of 85 feet the hole caved in on the teailer
burying it and the well ijas abandoned, the rig being
skidded 18 feet north to drill a new hole,
fa) Ho. 1A W ell. Dohah .
This well was spudded in on December SSnd.
Salt water was encountered at 22 feet.
At 312 feet a large show of sulphur-salt water
was met and the water level was S6 feet from the surface.
At 370 feet water rose to 15 feet from the surgace. At
400 feet to 7 feet. At 450 feet the hole started caving.
Sard was now giving serious trouble and the well was
finally abandoned at 486 feet.
From the surfact t» 435« limestone and shale was
encountered; from 435« to 486» sandstone and sand.

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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.

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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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