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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎35r] (69/104)

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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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October 3^1950
Mr. R. McC.Andrew
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. ,
Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. ,
Dear Sir:
^ I have received your letter'No. c/L-311, dated 35th September, 1950,
with attached copy of letter and enclosures from His Majesty s
Government dated 8th September, 1950, and addressed to Mr.T. kuir-
Warden of the Central Mining and Investment Corporation,Ltd.
The conditions laid down therein have been noted and will be
followed until such time as some clarification of several matters
included in this Foreign Office letter and enclosures can be
accomplished. Our Los Angeles office has been advised ol the
points needing clarification and I will correspond further with
you upon receipt of their comments on these matters.
You are further advised with this letter that unless His Majesty’s
Government commences the necessary proceedings for final fixing
of the outer boundaries of our Qatar concession, or actually sets
the outer boundaries of our Qatar concession, within the very
near future a grave financial injustice is going to be brought
to bear on The Superior Oil Co., and the Central Mining and Invest
ment Corporation, Ltd., as operators of the Qatar Marine Concession,
^ by the failure of His Majesty’s Government to establish the final
boundaries of this concession. The same thing applies to the
fixing of the actual boundaries by His Majesty’s Government of the
island and shoal areas to be excluded from the Qatar Concession held
by The Superior Oil Co., and the Central Mining and Investment
Corporation,Ltd. From an operational standpoint it will be very
expensive to complete the exploratory work in the areas between
the present approved limits for exploratory work set out in this
Foreign Office Enclosure I and the final concessionary boundaries.
In some cases it may not be feasible to ever work these 4> areas due
to the added expense involved.
His Excellency the Sheikh of Qatar will lose financially if these
final concessionary boundaries are not established by His Majesty’s
Government prior to the date drilling of a well is to be commenced
by the operators of this concession since it will not be possible
to commence the drilling of any well in any area where the final
boundary, whether due to outer limits, island, or shoal, is in
question or dispute. This will undoubtedly retard the development
of and production from this concession.
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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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English and Arabic in Latin and Arabic script
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