As home to supermajors, as well as a plethora of smaller, independent energy players, the US boasts one of the largest concentrations of energy personnel in the world. With its insatiable appetite for energy resources, the United States is the world's single largest consumer of oil, using as much as 20.73 million barrels per day as of 2008. Recently, interest has peaked in the vast quantity of untapped natural gas resources in the US, the reserves of which were inventoried in 2008 at 238 Tcf, with producers specifically targeting the nation's promising shale formations for this energy commodity.
The Drilling Consultant ensures that drilling operations are carried out in accordance with the operator's drilling program. The Drilling Consultant coordinates with rig crews and third-party personnel to complete the job in a safe and efficient manner. Duties typically consist of compiling daily performance reports, cost tracking and readying tools and equipment ahead of time for each stage of the well.