Drilling Operations Planning
The sub-surface department is the budget holder and customer. The drilling requirements may be a prospective area or a contractual requirement to drill one or more wells under an exploration contract. There may also be a time constraint dictated by relinquishment provisions.
It is most important that a good working relationship exists between Operations and Exploration. Drilling requirements should be balanced against resources and commitments. Day-to-day contacts and regular meetings should be held. Location/ reporting structure of the exploration staff needs to be addressed at an early stage.
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