Coll 30/87(2) Part I 'Qatar: Oil Concession.' [27r] (76/1310)
The record is made up of 4 volumes (639 folios). It was created in 14 Jan 1935-8 Nov 1944. 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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Lon ion, EM. 2.
Dear Mr. Bridgeman,
Referring to your letter of the 19th June, 1914 regarding
certain matters raised by the Petroleum Administrator for War
on the Scheme for the reopening of operations and development of
the Qatar Oil Field, the Scheme for the production of 20,000
barrels per day was based upon the production and geological
data available from the results of two wells drilled prior to
the closing down of operations in 1942.
Although my Groups are prepared to consider increasing the
Scheme to provide up to 50,000 barrels per day, they would wish
to assure themselves that the Qatar structure can sustain such
a production, which could only be ascertained by the drilling of
a larger number of wells than those which have furnished the
information available at the present time.
As regards the provision of refining capacity to handle
the production of Qatar, whether 20,000 or a larger quantity up
to 50,000 barrels per day, I am not sure that we are free to
submit a scheme until the question of the provision of such
facilities has been discussed with the appropriate Departments
of H.M.G., in accordance with the provisions of the Agreements
dated the 5th June, 1935 and the 5th February, 1937, between
H.M.G. and Anglo-Iranian Oil Co., Ltd. (the original holders of
the Qatar Concession) and Petroleum Concessions Ltd. (on behalf
of its subsidiary petroleum Development (Qatar) Ltd.) respectively.
Under these Agreements, Petroleum Development (Qatar) Ltd.
has undertaken, subject to commercial considerations, to consult
with H.M.G. as to the site, capacity, etc. of a refinery to
handle crude oil produced from Qatar.
I propose to initiate enquiries with H.M.G. on this matter
with a view to ascertaining their intentions.
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The file concerns the signing of the agreement between the British Government, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) (later the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company), and the Shaikh of Qatar, Abdullah bin Qasim al Thani [‘Abdullāh bin Jāsim Āl Thānī] to award the company an exclusive oil concession in Qatar (also spelled Qatr and Katr). The file also concerns preliminary oil explorations in Qatar, and the subsequent suspension of operations on the orders of the British Government.
The papers cover: discussion, drafts and text of the commercial agreement between the Shaikh of Qatar and APOC (signed 17 May 1935); discussion, draft and text of the political agreement between HM Government and APOC (signed 5 June 1935); the use by the Shaikh of modern, Egyptian Arabic to make comments on the draft (folios 624-625); British support for the proposal that disputes between foreign employees of the company and inhabitants of Qatar should not be submitted to the Shara [Sharia] courts (folio 604); intelligence on the activities of the Standard Oil Company [California-Arabia Standard Oil Company] (e.g. folio 443); British emphasis that military protection would be afforded to the Shaikh of Qatar on condition that he awarded the oil concession to APOC, and the assumption by Britain of responsibility for the protection of Qatar (e.g. folios 400-403); the transfer of the concession from the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company to Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited (e.g. folios 335-357); the payment of salaries to the Shaikh's representatives (e.g. folios 294-295); water drilling operations by the company (e.g. folios 237-241); references to Qatar's disputed border with Saudi Arabia; reports of preliminary drilling results and first discoveries of oil (1939-41); employment of foreign personnel by Petroleum Concessions Limited in Qatar (folios 180-182); the suspension of drilling operations on the orders of HM Government in 1942 as a result of war conditions, including correspondence on the subject between British officials and the Shaikh of Qatar, 1942-43; note that the suspension had been ordered because the British military authorities were unable to spare sufficient personnel to ensure the destruction of the oil wells, should the military situation demand it (folio 41); correspondence dated 1944 concerning a proposed increase in world oil refining capacity; and further correspondence dated 1944 concerning the boundary between Qatar and Bahrain at Hawar Island.
The main correspondents are senior officials at 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. , representatives of the oil companies concerned, and 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 the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. .
The Arabic language content of the file consists of approximately 30 folios of correspondence, largely between British officials and the Ruler of Qatar.
The file includes a divider, which gives a list of correspondence references contained in the file by year. This is placed at the back of the correspondence.
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- 4 volumes (639 folios)
The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.
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Foliation: this file consists of four physical volumes. The foliation sequence commences at the inside front cover of volume one (ff 1-161) and terminates at the inside back cover of volume four (ff 486-647); 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. A previous foliation sequence, which is also circled, has been superseded and therefore crossed out.
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