07 Dec Drilling Agreements
The upstream oil and gas industry is characterized by strong and unique crops developed by operators and wage-based drilling companies. Although this is less the case today than in previous years, ego and individualism are often found in the relationship between operators and drilling operators, especially at higher levels of management. Some operators are very conservative and are willing to pay more for less problems and downtime, more security and more installation capacity. Of course, conservative drilling companies are generally best placed to cooperate with conservative operators. On the other hand, some operators are freer, “closer to cutting bones”, so to speak, and work for example on a front-end cost basis, and they work best with drilling contractors who work in the same way. Operators may choose to cooperate to ensure a long-term commitment by a drilling equipment owner so that he or she can share a drilling rig over a specified period of time or for a number of wells to maximize the efficiency and flexibility of drilling operations. A longer-term contract is generally more attractive to a facility owner and lower rates may be offered, and there may also be savings on the cost per mobilization and demobilization well. The operator should choose the contractual style that best matches his or her objective. The design of the drilling contract should be subject to ongoing review to take advantage of changing conditions. In a large development with several long-term chains, it is desirable to apply different contractual styles to determine which one is most effective for the predominant conditions. The duration of the contract is usually determined by the number of wells the operator wishes to drill. He must decide whether a fixed-term contract or a contract for a certain number of wells is best for his program.
The use of a long-term contract is generally guided by market conditions, with a narrow market generally resulting in fixed-term contracts. This is particularly the case when a new Rig-Build is needed; The financial institutions of the drilling company may require an appropriate repayment of the loan before the contractor can sign a contract and build the unit. To solve this problem in the definition of “what is a well,” important issues must be considered. Is every trough or deepening a new well? If, during drilling, the drill encounters a layer that cannot be penetrated, and the drill needs to be repositioned or the drilling plan needs to be modified to continue drilling, is it a new well? It is important to define the definition of a “well” in the contract, since market conditions can lead the operator and owner of the facility in different directions if they are to fulfill their contractual obligations, and each party must be certain that an agreement will not be reached on issues related to the definition of “good.” The operator will also request information on the drilling company`s health, safety, environmental and safety (HSE-S) program and request statistics showing past performance. The operator may also request copies of certain policies and procedures of the drilling operator. The operator will also have a preferential drilling contract. With $100 worth of oil in recent years, it was a friendly market for drilling companies: high drill rates and advantageous contractual terms; However, given that oil prices have fallen below $50 and oil company spending budgets have been reduced, the oil company believes that there will be a desire to reduce the cost of its existing drilling contacts and to obtain better conditions (including lower drilling rates) for its new drilling contracts. This situation is expected to have two major effects: if it is a market that buys facilities, the operator will have a strong position to use its contract with few negotiated amendments; However, in a sales market