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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎42r] (83/104)

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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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November 24, 1950
C. J. Pelley Esq. 0. B* E.
British 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.
Reference is made to the shoals of Dibal and Jaradeh, belonging to
Bahrain, and to the still unsettled question as to whether or not either
or both shoals shall have their own three mile band of territorial
waters surrounding them.
These shoals lie within our Qatar marine concessional area, and we
are now prepared to explore this area by geophysical means. Pending a
decision on the territorial waters question involving Dibal and Jaradeh,
we desire to include these waters in our exploratory work. We are,
however, prepared to commit ourselves not to drill any well within the
three mile band of waters surrounding Dibal and Jaradeh, at least until
our right to do so has been established.
We have discussed this matter with Bahrain Petroleum Company, through
its manager Mr. Russell Brown. We found them to be fully cognizant of
and sympathetic with our problem. However, they take the view that they
are not in a position either to consent or object direct to this Company
exploring the waters surrounding Dibal and Jaradeh, since their rights
are contingent and prospective. They referred us to His Magesty*s
Government and to the Ruling Sheikh of Bahrain for permission to explore
the waters in question.
Accordingly, we respectfully urge approval of your office and that
you obtain for us the approval of the Sheikh, so that we may include
all these waters in our geophysical exploratory work.
Yours truly.
Edwin L. Smith
CC Mr. Russell Brown
Bahrain Petroleum Company
Awali, Bahrain
^ J 73, /*> /7 6

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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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