Agreement concerning Delimitation of the Continental Shelf between Bahrain and Iran, signed at Bahrain on 17 June 1971
The Imperial Government of Iran
and the Government of Bahrain desirous of establishing in a just
equitable and precise manner the boundary line between the
respective areas of the continental shelf over which they have
sovereign rights in accordance with international law, have
agreed as follows:
The line dividing the continental shelf lying between the
territory of Iran on the one side and the territory of Bahrain on
the other side shall consist of geodetic lines between the
following points in the sequence hereinafter set out:-
Point 1. is the Eastern-most point on the Eastern-most part of
the Northern boundary line of the continental shelf appertaining
to Bahrain as formed by the intersection of a line starting from
the point having the latitude of 27 degrees, 00 minutes, 00
seconds East, and having a geodetic azimuth of 278 degrees, 14
minutes, 27 seconds, with a boundary line dividing the
continental shelf appertaining to Bahrain and Qatar, thence:
Lat. North Long. East
Point 2. 27 deg. 02 min. 46 sec. 51 deg. 05 min. 54 sec.
Point 3. 27 deg. 06 min. 30 sec. 50 deg. 57 min. 00 sec.
Point 4 27 deg. 10 min. 00 sec. 50 deg. 54 min. 00 sec.
If any single geological petroleum structure or petroleum field,
or any single geological structure or any other mineral extends
across the boundary line set out in Article 1 of this Agreement
and the part of such structure or field which is situated on one
side of that boundary line could be exploited wholly or in part
by directional drilling from the other side of the boundary line
a) no well shall be drilled on either side of the boundary line
as set out in Article 1 so that any producing section thereof is
less than 125 metres from the said boundary line except by mutual
agreement between the Imperial Government of Iran and the
Government of Bahrain.
b) If the circumstances considered in this Article shall arise
both parties hereto shall use their best endeavours to reach
agreement as to the manner in which the operations on both sides
of the boundary line could be co-ordinated or utilized.
The boundary line referred to in Article 1 hereof has been
illustrated on the British Admiralty Chart No. 2847 which is
annexed hereto and has been thereon marked in red.
Nothing in this Agreement shall affect the status of the
superadjacent waters or air-space above any part of the
a) This Agreement shall be ratified and the instruments of
ratification shall be exchanged at Tehran.
b) This Agreement shall enter into force on the date of the
exchange of instruments of ratification.
In witness whereof the undersigned, being duly authorised by
their respective Government so to do, have signed this Agreement.
Done in duplicate at Bahrain the 22nd Rabi' al-Thani 1391
corresponding to the 27th Khordad 1350 corresponding to the 17th
June 1971 in the Persian, Arabic and English languages, all texts
being equally authoritative.
Government of Iran Government of Bahrain