Oil: Abu Dhabi

FO 371/179934 1965

This file relates to oil in Abu Dhabi. It contains correspondence concerning:

  • Proposed visit of Mr Dalley of the Abu Dhabi Petroleum Company (ADPC) to discuss with R S Crawford the recent declaration of the Ruler of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Shakhbut Bin Sultan Al Nahyan on territorial water limits (1)
  • Present situation and background to Abu Dhabi’s territorial waters (2)
  • Talks with Dalley, and the recommendation of the Assistant Legal Advisor (3)
  • Visit of the Ruler of Qatar Sheikh Khalifa Bin Hamad Al Thani and his talks with Sheikh Shakhbut about the Fifty-Fifty Agreement with ADPC (4)
  • Activities of Abu Dhabi Marine Areas Limited (ADMA); whether the limits of recent concessions have been defined including rough maps from Shell; Sheikh Shakhbut’s permission for the use of islands as loading points (6)
  • Minute about the Qatar-Abu Dhabi seabed boundary; further comment on the boundary and a new find at Zakum; developments over the Qatar-Abu Dhabi seabed boundary and the suggestion that arbitration might not favour ADMA and that this should be brought to the attention of BP; W H T Luce’s agreement with T F Brenchley’s proposals for if the Qataris launch a formal protest (7, 9, 16, 18)
  • ADPC operations in Abu Dhabi and the striking of oil just north of the old neutralised zone (8)
  • John Page of ADPC and whether they can start drilling north of the Riyadh Line and the potential impact of this on Anglo-Saudi relations, with subsequent comments (10)
  • BP letting the Arabian Department know what they intend to do about ADMA’s wish to drill on the Bul Hanine structure (11)
  • Plans for ADPC drilling at the Asab structure and the status of the Abu-Dhabi-Saudi Arabia frontier (12)
  • Claim of ADPC to a share of new territories in Abu Dhabi’s waters and the wish to avoid a dispute with Sheikh Shakhbut (13)
  • Interest of the American firm Brown & Root in obtaining permission from Sheikh Shakhbut to establish a base at Zirku for their operations on the Abu Dhabi side of the Median Line with Iran (17)
  • Atlantic Group’s intention to drill off the coast of the Trucial States possibly in Abu Dhabi’s waters (19)