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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎32r] (63/104)

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The record is made up of 1 file (50 folios). It was created in 23 Dec 1947-17 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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Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company.
18th.September 195u
. , , ,. The Superior Oil Company have now
started operations off the coast of Qatar/
S.On 4th September the Com any's
local manager, Garret,brought over from Bahrain three
^wv eyo S S r/ iese ? en ^ en surveying on the coast
Pi P 0 ^ 1B ? u tti. n g up markers to serve as points
vh™ P ^PP? 8ri y will be able to plot their osition
ohen working in the sea.On 16th. Septeraoer the party
i Vr l Ve A^ iJo[ia ttie Coffi . :8n y launch Robert H.Ray.
V^ork started the same oay 9 n the islands off Doha and
shortly the gravity crew will be positioning markers in
the sea.Ihese markers take the form of a bouy to which
is lixed a radar target.
hr-r^r, M C.oarrettfcoid me that it would be some time
oeiore the present number of men and the^r erui,>ment rouid
be increased .ile has, however put two points to the Qatar
t-lirough Salih A1 liana' and the otlier through the
Arviser.He askea baiih to request the Ruler to issuers
proclamation that the Company's erections on land r nd in
the sea should not be interfered with.. This is,I think!
e ?*' request cs Arab inquisitive ness and Qatari
Uuirienliness might well combine to cause interference,
y proclamation would tell everyone that it is wrong to
tamper.I have suggsted to Saliu that he sho^s me tne
^+P n + S ° ^ c f n DQ 8 ? y° u Tor any comments,
l sulmi., that an order should be made to cover those eople
who are under n.ta.u. s jurisdiction.particularly as some'of
these are sea-faring men who may not care
•hich will be dotted round the coastline.
l i • ,. . a 4. ihe second request, oul lo une Aavi
Uus time,is for police to protect men and materisi.So
i ^i W ^ t »^ nrt I f 1 «v 1. T • ^ ^ .. _ . _
, - - . - - “ o w ux^ua..-.x ±.y a.£j SUUJI
theso sre see-faring men who may not care for the bouvs
-hich will be dotted round the coastline.
4. The second request,put to the Adviser
, police to protect men and material. So
fdr the small party has been provided with? few Shaikh's
guc.rds while vcikirg or im . airrett r ui 0 ‘ rightly f refers
police,, r/ has not a.ske f for soffle*but I do not know wh^t
TB ngement.s lie made # with the Ruler about the ^resent few
eras.At present this is a small matter as so very few people
e involved but it woul" be best to start o'T - Pie right
ratQer uh? n lave to change x*oaid.9 i-. oor on. There i'*. m
3ITJ ^
guards.At present this is a small
are t i Vmi+ -i+ «7^n i ^ —4.
1 case no lack of police *
case.^ ' you do not knaw what arrangements Garrett made*in “this
matter I will ask him when In- next visits Qatar.
5.1 think that Garrett probably went to Ssiih
on the uestion ol > Hie proclamation because it was a matter
of the Ruler's jurisdiction,and ti the Adviser for police
oecause he is the administrator and controls the police through is,however,as well to consider which channel# to
tlie Ruler is better.As I have no copy of Superior's Concession
R.McC.Andrew Eso.
H.B.M.Political Officer,
/I do not
Pa if r •: - -

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The file contains correspondence, mostly in English and Arabic, between the Ruler of Qatar, Shaikh ‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī (from August 1949 Shaikh ‘Alī bin ‘Abdullāh Āl Thānī); the Ruler of Bahrain, Shaikh Salmān bin Ḥamad Āl Khalīfah; the Adviser to the Government of Bahrain and 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; regarding the jurisdiction over the seabed adjacent to the coastline, for the purpose of oil drilling offshore. The papers include a dispute between the Ruler of Qatar and Petroleum Development Qatar Ltd on the interpretation of the oil concession with regard to the Qatar coastal waters and Decision of Arbitrators (folios 13-19).

The file also contains correspondence with the Ruler of Qatar and Superior Oil Company, concerning the Company’s request for permission to drill in the shoals represented on folio 41, and considering claims of the Ruler of Bahrain over the same shoals.

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1 file (50 folios)

The papers in the file are arranged chronologically.

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Foliation: the main foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the back cover with 52; 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 incomplete foliation sequence is also present in parallel between ff 2-51; these numbers are written in a combination of pencil and ink, but are not circled, and are located in the same position as the main sequence.

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