A series of events

This post is just a list of publicly known occurrences, nothing more.

1997 onwards
Omani government invites Alan Duncan MP on series of visits to Oman as an official guest. Over fifteen visits are declared over the next decade.

Alan Duncan registers ownership of Harcourt consultants, described as “trading as oil broker and adviser on energy matters.”

Prior to 1999
Jonathan Aitken introduces Kevin Maxwell to Shiekh Ahmed Farid al-Aulaqi, a successful businessman operating in Oman. 

November 1999
Kevin Maxwell’s company Telemonde, purchases a 49% share in Ahmed Farid al-Aulaki’s Desertel in exchange for shares in Telemonde. Desertel has a license to sell calling cards in Oman, via a relationship with the state owned telesoms provider, Omantel. Telemonde later takes a controlling interest in Desertel for an extra $3million.

Alan Duncan changes his register of interests in House of Commons. It now describes him as Owner of Harcourt Consultants, adviser on energy and privatisation matters to foreign companies operating outside the UK, including the Desertel/Desertline group.”

Early 2002
Desertel ceases trading. Kevin Maxwell’s Telemonde collapses.

May 2001 – May 2002
Alan Duncan changes registration of Harcourt Consultants, removing the mention of Desertel.

Alan Duncan’s Harcourt Consultants is registered with the House of Commons as “dormant for the last six years”

March 2005:
Vitol Oil revealed to be in negotiations to create an Oil trading joint venture with the Omani government. Vitol is said to be on “shortlist of two”

September 2005:
Vitol Oil signs a multi-million dollar joint venture deal with the state owned Oman Oil company, creating Oman Trading International to market oil and related products from a planned refinery in Oman.

December 2005:
Alan Duncan becomes shadow Secretary of State for Trade, Industry and Energy.

May 2006:
Ian Taylor, CEO/President of Vitol, donates £100,000 to the Conservative Party. In October 2006 he donates another £8,000 and another £50,000 in February 2008.

March/April 2007:
Production begins at Oman’s Sohar refinery. Oman Trading International markets Oman’s oil and liquefied natural gas.

March 2007
Harcourt Consultants is re-registered with the House of Commons as “advisers on oil and gas matters for non-UK business projects.” 

November 2007
Vitol pleads guilty to Oil for Food trade in Iraq, agrees to pay $17.5 million restitution

April 2008
Alan Duncan becomes director of Arawak energy, an oil company specialising in eastern europe, Arawak energy is 41.5% owned by Vitol.

June 2008
Alan Duncan employs Carter-Ruck solicitors to obtain an apology from the Sunday Times to clarify that Ian Taylor donated money to the Conservative party, not directly to Alan Duncan.

June 2008
Alan Duncan’s register of members interests makes clear his office was funded by donations from Ian Taylor which were made to the Conservative party.

6 Responses to “A series of events”

  1. tom2

    You missed off that priceless encounter when Peter Oborne exposed Alan Duncan live on the Andrew Marr show (June 22, 2008) …regardless of what all these things add up to or not… Duncan was exposed for seeking to avoid being asked questions about stories related to these things reported in the press.

    Hardly the spirit of transparency which Cameron claims his party seek to engender.

  2. hopisen

    Newmania, having been obsessed with my Duncan researches, I’d quite failed to see your return to blogging! Even better than a comment, I first offer you a blogroll linky thing. What section would you like to go in?

  3. Mark 13

    A very very interesting article, especially as there is a link between this group of people and an ex- British Military Officer breaking a UN arms embargo in Somalia, and then the same officer being deported from Oman who is known to Alan Duncan.


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