Oil production

FCO 8/741 1967-1968

This file is about the production of oil to be used as fuel and for the generation of power in Qatar. It contains correspondence relating to:

  • Concession areas of the Continental Oil Company of Qatar and Abu Dhabi Marine Areas Limited and the uncertainty about the Qatar-Abu Dhabi boundaries around Khor Al Odaid [Khawr Al Udayd]
  • Report on the Sixth Arab Petroleum Conference held in Baghdad from 6 to 13 March 1967, with a copy of the resolutions
  • Qatari representative's support of an Egyptian attack on international oil companies contrary to his instructions to support the Saudi Arabian position
  • Comments of Saeed Mishal of the Petroleum Affairs Department of Qatar in the Conference proceedings in the Middle East Economic Survey, Vol X, No 21, 24 March 1967
  • Trade between the Royal Dutch Shell Group and the Eastern Bloc and the Soviet Union and the transportation of crude oil in chartered shipping flying the flags of those countries
  • Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' Royalty Expensing Agreement
  • Banning of oil exports by Qatar to the UK and US, or in UK and US-flagged vessels
  • Opposition of the Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to Russian prospecting for oil in the Gulf and concern over their coordination with United Arab Republic (UAR) vessels
  • Resumption of drilling by Continental near the Iran-Qatar Median Line
  • Announcement by the Shell Company of Qatar Limited and Qatar Petroleum Company Limited that school-aged children of their British, Dutch and US staff will not be allowed to visit Qatar during the summer holidays because of the Six-Day War
  • Government of Qatar's investment of its revenues from the Shell Company of Qatar
  • Map provided by the Continental Oil Company of Qatar for a proposed drilling location
  • Discussions surrounding Continental's proposed drilling location and its proximity to Bahrain
  • Meeting between W F Penniman of Continental and M S Weir of the Arabian Department, with the latter stressing the need to avoid adverse repercussions on Bahrain-Qatar relations
  • 'Meeting held at the Foreign Office [...] on 7 February, 1968 between Representatives of the Continental and Union Oil Companies and Officials of Arabian Department', an exchange between Weir and R M Ramsden indicating no objection to the revised location; and the Ruler of Bahrain Sheikh Isa Bin Salman Al Khalifa's agreement to the location