Drilling project management is a complex area of multi-domain expertise that involves drilling engineering, geology, geophysics, HSE, project management, logistics and more. A number of activities are carried prior to any drilling operations covering a complete well cycle. Depending on operator's set-up, generally drilling project management covers the following areas.
Smaller exploration companies tend to outsource the drilling department completely to a well project management company, whereas bigger operators would have a complete drilling team and in-house drilling expertise. Yet, on some occasions, supplementing it may be a good decision for a specific project(s), when unique expertise is required.
Service companies specializing in this category do not take financial responsibility and risk for procurement of material and services and only act as a management agency.