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'File 38/4 Petroleum Concessions Limited Sharjah Concession' [‎25r] (49/162)

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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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No. 2
Dated 12th Is ovember 1937
HIS MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
AND PETROLEUM CONCESSIONS LIMITED
Agreement relating to the Sharjah Oil Concession
Stamp THIS AGREEMENT dated the Twelfth day of November One Thousand nine
hundred and thirty-seven is made BETWEEN His Majesty’s Government
in the United Kingdom (hereinafter called “His Majesty’s Government ”)
of the one part and Petroleum Concessions Limited (hereinafter called “ the
Company ” which expression shall where the context so admits be deemed to
include its successors and/or assignees and shall also be deemed to include any
subsidiary Company) of the other part.
WHEREAS 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. ) Ltd. is a subsidiary
Company of Petroleum Concessions Limited.
AND WHEREAS in the event of the Company obtaining a concession from the
Sheikh of Sharjah (hereinafter called “ the Sheikh ”) certain responsibilities will
devolve on His Majesty’s Government, the Company has agreed with His Majesty’s
Government as follows : —
L Petroleum Concessions Limited and any subsidiary company shall be and
remain a British company registered in Great Britain and having its principal
place of business in Great Britain, and its Chairman shall at all times be a British
subject.
2. The Agreement between the Company and the Sheikh shall not be transferred
to any other company without the prior consent in writing of His Majesty’s Govern
ment and any other company to which that Agreement may be transferred shall be
and remain a British company registered in Great Britain and having its principal
place of business in Great Britain, and its Chairman shall at all times be a British
subject.
3. The employees of the Company in Sharjah shall at all times be British
subjects or subjects of the Sheikh, provided that, with the consent of His Majesty’s
Government, such persons of other nationality as are required for the efficient
carrying on of the undertaking may be employed.
Notwithstanding anything contained in the Agreement between the Company
and the Sheikh, the importation of foreign native labour shall be subject to the
approval of 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. .
4. The Company in all except unimportant or routine matters shall deal with
the Sharjah authorities through a Chief Local Representative 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. ,
^ who shall be a British subject. The approval of His Majesty's Government shall
be required for the person so designated. He will be ordinarily resident in Sharjah
or Bahrein and will be responsible for the Company’s local relations with the
Sharjah authorities, which shall, except in routine or unimportant matters, be
conducted through the political representative of His Majesty’s Government in
Bahrein or through any other person whom 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 may from time to time designate.
5. Subject to the terms of the Agreement between the Company and the Sheikh
the Company undertakes at all times to pay due deference to the wishes of the
Sheikh and to the advice of 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. and of
the Political Officers subordinate to him.
6. Any right given to the Company under its Agreement with the Sheikh to
utilise means of transportation by air shall be subject to any general regulations
for civil aircraft made by the Sheikh on the advice of His Majesty’s Government,
and to any instructions which may be issued by 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. .

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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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