Incentive contracts for drilling rigs and services traditionally follow a "beat the curve" approach aimed at reducing well durations. This method failed to achieve breakthrough performance with the PDO Deep Oil and Gas exploration drilling team in Oman. By developing a strategy that approached the supply of drilling goods and services using a team approach, and implementing an incentive scheme to reward the team as a whole rather than individual contractors, a significant improvement in performance was achieved. Exploration drilling costs were demonstrated to be reduced by 32% over the first two years of contract inception, resulting in significant savings for PDO and improved goods and services from the service contractors.

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