Oil concessions in Fujairah and Muscat. Code EA file 15311

FO 371/104401 1953

This file contains correspondence relating to:

  • Desire of the Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) to enter into agreement with Fujairah on the same lines as the old Ajman agreement (1)
  • Fujairah's keenness to attract an oil company, and the proposal to approach Shell (2)
  • Oil exploration at Dhofar, including interest from the US and IPC (3-4)
  • Oil exploration permits in Fujairah, including: the request of Mr Bird of IPC that he be allowed to pay for a permit in rupees rather than sterling; and Petroleum Concessions Limited's offer of 40,000 rupees over three years (5-6)
  • Agreement for oil exploration between American archaeologist Wendell Phillips, of the Phil-Pryor Company, and the Sultan of Muscat and Oman Saeed Bin Taimur in the Dhofar province. It includes the possibility of frontier questions arising between Muscat and the Aden Protectorate; the British reaction to the agreement; the decision of the RAF Air Officer Commanding that Phillips' new party should not be given accommodation at the RAF base at Salalah; and the Sultan's decision that a buffer strip must be left between the American operations and those of IPC (7-18, 20, 23)
  • Conversation between Political Resident in the Persian Gulf B A B Burrows and the Sultan regarding oil concessions to IPC and to the American company Cities Service Oil Company, the question of areas in which they can operate, and discussion of the boundaries of Dhofar (19)
  • Exchange of letters and agreement signed between the Ruler of Fujairah Sheikh Mohammad Bin Hamad Al Sharqi and Petroleum Development (Trucial Coast) Limited on 18 August 1953 (21-22)