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'File 38/4 Petroleum Concessions Limited Sharjah Concession' [‎11r] (21/162)

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The record is made up of 1 file (79 folios). It was created in 2 Apr 1938-14 Dec 1950. 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. ,
WHITEHALL, S.W.l.
P.Z.3175/38.
17th May 1938.
Sir,
I am directed "by the Secretary of State for
India to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of
the 4th May''(Ho.P.C .31) on the subject of the Sharjah
Oil Concession and to express on behalf of His Majesty’s
Government their formal approval of the concession
granted to the Company by the Sheikh of Sharjah on the
17th September 1937.
2. Copies of this correspondence are being sent
to 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 the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. with a view
to action being taken as indicated in paragraph 4 of
Mr.Weightman’s letter dated 23rd December 1937 to the
I am, Sir
Your obedient Servant,
(Sgd.) R. PEEL.
The Managing Director,
Petroleum Concessions Limited,
City-Gate House,
Finsbury Square ,
S.C. 2

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The file contains correspondence relating to the oil concession in the Sharjah territories. The correspondence is 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; representatives of Petroleum Concessions Limited and Petroleum Development ( Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ) Limited, in London, Bahrain, and the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. [United Arab Emirates]; the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Agent at Sharjah; the Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. at Bushire (later Bahrain) [ Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. ]; the 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. ; Sultan bin Saqr [Sulṭān bin Saqr Āl Qāsimī], the Ruler of Sharjah; and the Government of India.

The majority of the file covers an amendment to the 1937 concession agreement between the oil company, Petroleum Concessions Ltd, and Shaikh Sultan that was made in February 1946. This amendment was made in order to extend the permitted drilling period following the Second World War, during which no drilling was carried out. Permission to open negotiations over the matter was sought from the British Government by the company. There is a copy of the agreed amendment on folio 72.

Other matters covered by the file include:

Folios 19-28 is Memo B 467 of the 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. and includes a copy of the commercial agreement between the company and Shaikh Sultan, a copy of the 'political agreement' between the company and the British Government, and copies of correspondence relating to both.

Folios 76-80 are internal office notes.

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1 file (79 folios)
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The file is arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the front cover, and terminates at the inside back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located 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. An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 2-75; these numbers are also written in pencil, and can be found in the same position as the main sequence, but they are not circled.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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