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'File 39/24 Seabed concession, Qatar' [‎46r] (91/104)

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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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No. C/PA-449.
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7th December, 1950•
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under his jurisdiction by sending the map containing it to
the 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. , requesting that the map be forwarded
to the competing companies for their consideration of the
division of Bahrein concessional areas there suggested. .r nis
map, indicating Bahrein jurisdiction up to the line drawn y
the Qatar company, was then sent by the Political^ Agent to
Bahrein Petroleum Compemy for its comments upon the propose
division of the area shown.
If there were previously any doubts concerning
jurisdiction on the Bahrein side of this line, ^ ese .^ c ^ 1 2? s
clearly established in the minds of all at the time that the
Qatar oil company involved, the Ruler of^Bahrein and the Britis
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. were certain that jurisdiction resided in tne
Ruler of Bahrein. Concerning the area beyond the line no
beliefs were indicated; but certainty existed for tne Bahrein
side of the line.
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Without reason to question the indications of ^
jurisdiction thus given, The Bahrein Petroleum Company Limited
shortly thereafter concluded negotiations through the Political
Agent and purchased from the Ruler of Bahrein the exclusive
right to explore for, develop and produce oil throughout the
Ruler’s domains, of which-this area was a clearly understood '
part, and obligated itself to find and develop all the oil 4 £ Vl
resources therein. This contract was concluded upon the advicev
of the 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. . In connection with the contract
The Bahrein Petroleum Company and His Britannic Majesty s ^
Government executed a Political Agreement which recognised the yO
British interest in the advancement of this area upon democrat 1 u
principles, with justice and the protection of rights. v
In accordance with the rights and obligations thus
accepted, and in reliance upon the indications of Bahrein
jurisdiction thus given, The Bahrein Petroleum Company has
during the past eleven years expended large amounts of labour
and materials throughout all of this area m its search for
oil. These activities were performed under the auspices of
and on behalf of the Government and State of Bahrein. To the
best of the company's knowledge, no other sovereign or person
has ever objected to any of the vast amount of work periormed
and investment made by The Bahrein Petroleum Company in the
area between the main island of Bahrein and the boundary
indicated by the line on the above mentioned map. Beyond tnat
line it is realized that uncertainty might exist.
How the dispute arose concerning the jurisdiction
over a portion of this area The Bahrein Petroleum Coir^any has
never been informed. It appreciates, however, that His
Britannic Maiesty's Government have been using their good
offices in a^i effort to effect a fair and just settlement of

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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)
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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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