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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎39r] (77/104)

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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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Oct. 27,1950.
for ease of
description only, being located at 27°N, 51 E.
The line FA extends from 27 N, 51 E to 27°\ T , 51 20 f iL. to
complete the outline of the proposed work area in the
simplest manner possible.
His Majesty's Government’s approval prior to Nov.7,1950, to
perform geophysical work within the area outlined above is
requested for the following reasons:
1. The Rogers-lay geophysical Company has been employed
on a contract basis to do seismic work on the 'latar
concession and their crew and seismic boats are
scheduled to arrive in Bahrain on Nov.7,1950.
2. The large boat to be used for the? housing of this
crew, their supplies and so forth will not arrive
until sometime after the arrival of the seismic
boats and crew since necessary alterations on this
boat to adequately house the crew in the* Persian
Gulf could not be completed in so short a time.
As a result, it will be necessary to have this crew
on Bahrain Island until the large boat arrives.
3. The area to be worked by the Rogers-Ray crew prior
to the arrival of the large boat must be as near
Bahrain as possible since crew members will be
required to com^lte between Bahrain Island and their
work area each day. The percentage of their work
day spent in travel to and from the job increases
with distance and in direct proportion the percentage
of their work day on the job decreases. Thus from
an operational standpoint it becomes mandatory that
their work area be as close to Bahrain as our con
cession area permits.
4. As you know, definite comniitments with time limitations
are included in the concessionary agreement covering
this area. These commitments with time limitations
make it essential to obtain a maximum amount of work from
each crew for each day prior to said commitment dates
if the terms of the concessionary agreement are to be
As previously stated by me in my letter ol Gct..*,195G, requesting
the fixing of concessionary boundaries, the operator of this
concession will abide by all of /the terms contained in the
Foreign Office letter of Sept.8,1950, pertaining to islands,
shoals etc., until some clarification can be obtained on certain
points'contained in said letter. As you know the Dibal and
Jaradeh shoals fall within the outlined area and we realize
that His Majesty’s Government has previously held that these
shoals belong to Bahrain. Particular care will be exercised by
the operator of the Qatar concession in this portion of the
outlined area so that no misunderstanding shall arise as a
result of exploratory operations carried on by the operator

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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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