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'File 38/3 I, P. C. L. Qatar Concession' [‎206r] (416/484)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (238 folios). It was created in 2 May 1940-15 Mar 1947. 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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BENTLEY’S SECOND PHRASE
JROLEUM DEyELOPMENT (QATAR) LIMITED
DIRECTORS 1 Lord Caoman, e.c.M.G. (chairman), R. Cay
G. legh-Jones, J. B. A. Kessler (Dutch), iw
, •DrS'-'C. (PKojMCnij^W. Fraser, C.B.E., c. s. gulbenkian (formerly Armenian)
^ A. meny (French), H. G. 8 »bbl (u.S a,), r. w. sellers, j. skliros ^) , Q &
R. cU. ^(fyt^LL^PUf
BAHREIN
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.
QSA.2/4642 CONFIDENTIAL
15th December, 1946.
To H.B.M’s 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. ,
Bahrain.
QATAR OIL TERMINAL SITE
We shall be pleased if yon will refer to our
No.QSA.2/4598 dated the 23rd November 1946 and its
enclosure, to which we note so far no reply has reached
us.
2. We understand H.M.S. CHALLENGER, which arrived
in Bahrain recently, has now left or is about to leave
for the east coast of Qatar to make a survey of the
approach to Wakrah, and later to continue the survey
down to El Arrif, the alternative terminal site to
Wakrah, to which we referred in para 4 of our above-
mentioned memo as the location some 15 miles north o
Khor Odaid (also in the draft letter to the Ruler as
some 20 miles south of Wakrah).
. We are assuming that the Captain of the CHALLENGER
arries letters of introduction from you to the Ruler
nd does not require anything of this nature from the
ompany.
. Meanwhile, it is desired to commence the construe-
ion at an early date, of a launch jetty s0 ^ in
ile lone and a" pilot's house near Wakrah which will be
ieaeJ SieSo?!™ of .hloh IS fl^lly
elected for the terminal. A copy of our draft to tne
haikh on this subject is attached.
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BAHRAIN RECEIPT. , .
JSf * •*

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The volume contains correspondence relating to the work of Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited, a subsidiary of Petroleum Concessions Limited, in Qatar. The correspondence is principally 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. in Bahrain, 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. in Bushire [ 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. ], representatives of Petroleum Concessions Limited (at their offices in Bahrain and the United Kingdom) and Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited (in the field in Qatar), the Foreign Office, 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. , the Government of India, the ruler of Qatar, Abdulla bin Qasim al Thani [‘Abdullāh bin Qāsim Āl Thānī], and the ruler of Bahrain, Salmān bin Ḥamad Āl Khalīfah.

The papers contained in the volume cover the following matters:

  • the employment of foreign workers within the oil industry in Qatar, particularly that of Americans, Portuguese Goans, and Bahrainis;
  • the expansion of drilling operations during the early stages of the Second World War;
  • plans for a sea terminal on the Qatari coast, and a pipeline to any such port;
  • the striking of oil at a new second well in March 1941;
  • the form and method of payment of the concession royalties to the Shaikh of Qatar by the oil company;
  • measures taken by the Oil Control Board to ensure continuing supplies of oil during the Second World War;
  • the reopening of the Qatar oil fields following a short closure due to war;
  • rates of pay and provision of meals for oil workers.

Also within the volume is a report by the Acting 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. , William Rupert Hay, on his visit to Qatar on 13 November 1941 (folios 64-66) and a petition to the ruler of Bahrain (folios 148-52) signed by thirty-six Bahraini pearl merchants and boat captains; it complains that higher wages in the Qatar oil industry are attracting essential divers away from the pearling boats (folios 148-52).

At the back of the file (folios 224-37) are internal office notes.

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1 volume (238 folios)
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The volume is arranged chronologically.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: the main foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates at the 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 also present in parallel between ff 5-223; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.

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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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