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'Sharjah Oil Concession and connected documents' [‎10v] (20/26)

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The record is made up of 1 file (11 folios). It was created in 17 Sep 1937-23 May 1938. It was written in English. 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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7. Notwithstanding anything contained in the Agreement between the ( ompany
and the Sheikh the Company shall not have the right to use or occnpy, and shall
not include in the areas to be acquired or utilised for the purposes of its operations,
any sites which may have been selected by or on behalf of the Sheikh 01 His
Majesty’s Government for defence purposes, for aerodromes, aeroplane or seaplane
bases or for wireless and telegraph installations or in connection with the develop
ment of harbours, provided that with the consent of His Majesty s Government
which shall not be unreasonably withheld the Company shall have the right to use
for the purposes of its operations such harbours as may be developed by the Sheikh
or His Majesty’s Government if there is not reasonable harbour accommodation
available elsewhere. Subject to the terms of the Agreement between the Company
and the Sheikh harbours developed by the Company shall be under its complete
and exclusive control.
8. Telegraph, wireless and telephone installations, if any, maintained by the
Company shall be for use only in its business and as provided in the concession,
and shall be so constructed and operated that their operations shall not interfere
with the operations of such wireless, telegraph or telephone installations as may be
established by the Sheikh or His Majesty’s Government, or their agent.
9. In the event of a state of national emergency or war (of the existence of
either of which His Majesty’s Government shall be the sole judge) His Majesty’s
Government shall have the right of pre-emption of all the oil produced in Sharjah
in accordance with the terms of the Schedule hereto.
10. The Company shall obtain the prior permission of the Sheikh before
working in any particular area, in order that the Sheikh may be in a position to
fulfil his responsibilities for the protection of the Company. The Sheikh shall not
unreasonably withhold such permission, and in any case in which the Company
feels that the free movement of its personnel within the concession area is being
unnecessarily restricted the matter shall be referred for decision to the Political
Resident.
11. In the event of notice of termination of the Agreement between the Company
and the Sheikh being given on the ground that the Company has failed to observe
any of the terms of the present Agreement between the Company and His Majesty’s
Government, the arbitration provisions of the said Agreement between the Company
and the Sheikh shall apply if the (Company considers that notice of termination on
such grounds is not justified, and in that event the Sheikh shall not cancel the said
Agreement until arbitration takes place in accordance with the said provisions and
unless the Company fails to comply with the award of the arbitrators within the
reasonable time which shall be fixed by the arbitrators for so doing.
IN WITNESS whereof John Charles Walton, C.B., on behalf of His Majesty’s
Government has hereunto set his hand and seal and the Company has hereunto
caused its Common Seal to be affixed the day and year first above written.
THE SCHEDULE above referred to.
Pre-emption Clause.
In the event of a state of national emergency or war (of the existence of which
His Majesty’s Government shall be the sole judge)—
(1) His Majesty’s Government shall have the right of pre-emption of all
crude oil gotten under the concession granted by the Sheikh to the Company
and of all the products thereof and shall have the right to require the
Company to the extent of any refining capacity it may have in Sharjah to
produce oil fuel that shall comply with the Admiralty specifications at the time
provided that Sharjah oil be of a suitable kind and quality for this purpose.
(2) The Company shall use its utmost endeavours to increase so far as
reasonably possible with existing facilities the supply of oil and/or products
thereof for the Government to the extent required by the Government.
(3) The Company shall with every reasonable expedition and so as to avoid
demurrage on the vessel or vessels engaged to convey the same, do its utmost
to deliver all oil or products of oil purchased by the Government under their

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This file opens with a letter from Petroleum Development ( Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. ) Limited to Sultan bin Saqr al Qassim [Shaikh Sultān bin Saqr Āl Qasimī], Ruler of Sharjah, dated 12 February 1946, requesting an amendment to the previous oil concession agreement which was drawn up between the two parties in September 1937. The request is for an extension of the previously agreed period of nine years which had been allocated for the company to undertake a geological examination of the agreed area prior to drilling. The next letter in the file is a reply from the Sultan who agrees to the extension owing to the disruption caused by the Second World War. The documents following this include copies of the original oil concession agreements (both the commercial agreement between the Sultan and the petroleum company and the political agreement between the company and the British Government), and copies of related correspondence between 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. in Bahrain, the Shaikh of Sharjah, the 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. and Petroleum Concessions Limited, relating to the original agreements.

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1 file (11 folios)
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The documents in the file are arranged [loosely] in chronological order.

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The foliation sequence commences at the front cover with 1 and terminates at the inside back cover with 13; 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.

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