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Coll 30/87(2) Part II 'Qatar: Oil Concession - P.C.L.'s Operations.' [‎36r] (72/603)

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The record is made up of 1 file (296 folios). It was created in 6 Jan 1945-13 Apr 1948. 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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the whole way from near Sitra Island to Qatar c.f. paragraph 8 of
letter No.l26-S of the 18th January ? 1 94Z and the argument used by
v a yShaikh might be used for allotting the shoals to Qatar rather than to
' Bahraim.
3. Reference paragraph 5 of the Shaikh's letter regarding
Janan Island, if the contention in paragraph 3 of the Shaikh's letter
which has been discussed in paragraph 1 above is accepted then Janan
n automatically fall to Bahrain. Apart from this the reasons for
allotting Janan to Qatar have been fully discussed in paragraph 3 of
my letter No.l26-S and in paragraph 14of Galloway's letter No.C/1450
which formed an enclosure to it. It is true that the Bahrain Govern
ment included Janan in lists of the Hawar Islands which they submitted
in 1936 and 1938 in connection with the negotiations for the additional
areas and their omission of it in the list which they submitted in
1938 with specific reference to the dispute over the ownership of the
Hawar Islands was perhaps accidental. No mention of the island was
made in the correspondence with His Majesty's Government on the owner
ship question and the Shaikh was merely informed that His Majesty's
Government had decided that the Hawar Islands belonged to the State of
Bahrain and not to the State of Qatar. In the Adviser's letter to
which a reference is made in the letter communicating His Majesty's
Government's decision the islands are described as "consisting of one
large island two or three small islands and a number of. rocky islets"
vide enclosures forwarded with Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Express Letter No.423-S
dated 29th April 1939 A At the time the Bahrain Government almost
certainly regarded the decision as covering Janan Island but the point
was not specifically considered by this Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. or the Political
Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. . Our case for allotting it to Qatar must rest on the fact that
it wa^hot specifically included in the Hawar group when the decision
was made and that we do not consider it to be a part of the group as it
is separated from all the other islands by a deep water channel.
4. I do not propose to suggest in more detail the lines on
which a reply should be made to the Shaikh until the official reactions
of the Bahrain Petroleum Company and the other parties to the case
have been received.
Sd/- W.R. Hay.
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. , 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. .
ATTESTED
For Secretary to 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. , 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. .
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The file concerns the operations of Petroleum Concessions Limited (PCL) (and its subsidiary Petroleum Development (Qatar) Limited) in Qatar. Of particular importance in the file is the issue of the division of the sea bed for drilling operations between PCL's concession, and that of the Bahrain Petroleum Company Limited (BAPCO) in Bahrain.

The file contains discussion of the issue by 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. , the Foreign Office, the Ministry of Fuel and Power, 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. , 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. , Bahrain.

The papers cover: the resumption of drilling operations in Qatar after their suspension during the Second World War; payment of royalties; the Hawar Islands; the granting of permission to use wireless sets; the response of British officials to a United States Government request to PCL for information on petroleum resources in Qatar and the Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. , October-November 1946; aerial surveys of the Bahrain-Qatar Unallotted Area; the application of US President Harry S Truman's continental shelf doctrine to the issue (e.g. folios 141, 110); maps of the area; Admiralty comments on the need for all parties to be aware that the sea bed only was concerned, and that the waters above, and free navigation, were in no way affected (folio 46); correspondence from the oil companies involved; and the reactions of local rulers to the negotiations.

The file also contains five maps.

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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1 file (296 folios)
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The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the rear to the front of the file.

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Foliation: the foliation sequence (used for referencing) commences at the inside front cover with 1, and terminates at the last folio with 296; 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. Foliation anomaly: 268a.

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Coll 30/87(2) Part II 'Qatar: Oil Concession - P.C.L.'s Operations.' [‎36r] (72/603), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/12/3806B, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100056534849.0x00004a> [accessed 17 October 2019]

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