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, in some occasions, supplementing it may be a good decision for 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.