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Coll 20/18 'Muscat: Oil: Muscat Commercial Concession' [‎249r] (497/855)

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The record is made up of 1 file (425 folios). It was created in 8 Feb 1934-25 Oct 1946. 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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directly Dibai conceesiora wae signed, he was prepared to
negotiate with other SheikhBc In the meantime, I am urging
Holmes, through 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. , to approach these Sheikho
immediately an the lines of Dib&i concession*
8 C Holmes has told 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. that he is
asking the Company to relieve him as soon as possible as he
is unwell c
9 C I venture to suggest that Company’s
headquarters in London be approached on the following lines:
(a) unsatisfactory nature of their conduct of negotiations up
to date should be impressed on them with a viev/ to their
displaying more activity in future; (b) that they should
telegraph immediately to Holmes giving terms of Sh&rgah and
Bas^alnOiaimah concessions and directing him to pursue
negotiations with these Sheikhs forthwith; (c) it is obvious
that Holmes cannot* with his Trueial Coast preoccupations,
proceed to Muscat and that another representative should be
sent there immediately c (in this connection eee your express
letter P C Z.. 3099. 11th May) c i suggest Muscat, My lies.,
who is a first-rate man and who got Qatar concession^
10 c What It comes to is that unless Company
bestir themselves there is a distinct danger of the remaining
Trucial Coast The historic term used by the British to refer to the Gulf coast of Trucial Oman, now called United Arab Emirates. Shaiikhdoms and of Muscat being captured by the
California Arabia Standard Oil Co c or by American-Italian
interests, vide my express letter C-lO?, lat May c

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Correspondence pertaining to the commercial oil concession agreement between the Sultan of Muscat, Said bin Taimur [Sa‘īd ibn Taymūr Āl Bū Sa‘īd], and Petroleum Development (Oman and Dhofar) Limited, signed in June 1937. The correspondence is principally between the two involved parties, the Iraq Petroleum Company Limited and Petroleum Concessions Limited (parent and sister companies of Petroleum Development (Oman and Dhofar), respectively), Burma Oil Company, 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 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 Muscat, 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 Admiralty, the External Affairs Department of the Government of India, and the Petroleum Department of the Ministry of Fuel and Power.

The papers deal with the possibilities of finding oil in the Sultanate of Muscat and which companies to invite to investigate, the negotiations, drafting and signing of the eventual agreements, and the extension of the options period in January 1942. Copies of the final agreements are included in the file (folios 166-80 (Muscat) and 181-96 (Dhofar)).

The file also contains the following:

  • correspondence concerning the question of how to deal with the Sultan's contact with Standard Oil without the consent of the British government
  • correspondence concerning the political agreement between the company and the British government that accompanied such concession agreements (the final agreement and the exchange of notes regarding it can be found in file IOR/L/PS/12/2976)
  • correspondence concerning the effort by Iraq Petroleum Company to extend their concession agreements in Ajman and Qatar due to time lost during the Second World War
  • correspondence concerning the Sultan's complaints about the terms of the concession agreement and his desire to invite another company to carry out serious operations in his territory.
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1 file (425 folios)
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The file is arranged in chronological order from the back to the front.

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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 427; 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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