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'File 10/1 (Vol V) Oils and Minerals. Bahrain Oil Concession.' [‎28r] (67/592)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (294 folios). It was created in 5 Oct 1933-26 Nov 1933. 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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2Qtii October 1933 *
During the Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. At Home Mr.SKIMER asJced tor a
lew minutes of my time.
2. He informed me he had received a long cable from
Mr.BALLANTYNE (London) that morning.
3. He went on to say that the BAHRAIN PETROLEUM
COMPANY were most anxious to have more time for prospecting.
He (Mr.SKINNER) felt that they were entitled to another
year under the Prospecting License.
4. In London there had been a Technical Conference
which had,however,wandered from technical matters to the
SHAIKH f s lack of money.
b. His London Principals had asked him to try to
find out what offer would induce the SHAIKH to grant an
extension of the Prospecting License. They wanted 13
months from iind December 1933,i.e.,to end of December
6. They thought of offering:-
(i) Rs.^5,000 as a cash present to the
SHAIKH (non-recoveraole),
(ii) Rs.7b,000 cash advance against
future Royalties.
V. The rent at Rs.10,000 per arirniin would continue
during the 13 months,if extended.
b. Mr .SKINNER went on to say that the Company were
doing more than the stipulated amount of work for they would
have three instead oi two ^strings" working until oil
"declared" (see Article X of the Mining Lease).
9. He said that the Oil Field would not be a commercial
proposition until at least 1,000 Tons were extracted daily.
1,000 Tons § Rs.3/d per ton would give Rs.3,b00/- daily and

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The volume mainly 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, 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, the Secretary of State for India, the Adviser to the Government in Bahrain, Charles Darlymple Belgrave, and representatives of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) on the Bahrain Oil Concession, on a refinery to be built on Bahrain Island, and on the affairs of the Bahrain Petroleum Company. The volume also contains correspondence on the resignation of Major Frank Holmes from Chief Local Representative of BAPCO, who was replaced by E. A. Skinner. There are also letters in Arabic to and from the Sheikh of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Issa Al-Khalifah. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 272-282).

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1 volume (294 folios)

The documents in the volume are arranged in chronological order. There is an index at the end of the volume (folios 272-282). The index is arranged chronologically and refers to documents within the volume; it gives brief description of the correspondence with a reference number in ink crayon or pencil, which refers back to that correspondence in the volume.

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The main foliation is written in pencil, encircled and can be found in the top right of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The numbering starts at the first page of writing, then 69, 70a, 70b, and carries on until 282, which is the last number given on the last page of writing (6th folio from the back of the volume). There is also another foliation system, which is inconsistent.

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