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Authorization for Expenditure (AFE)

An AFE is a budgeting and approval form used during the planning process for a well about to be drilled (and for other projects).  It includes an estimate of costs to be incurred during the IDC (intangible drilling cost) category and in the tangible equipment category.  Costs are shown in total with accompanying breakdowns.  The AFE form represents: (1) a budget for the project against which actual expenditures are compared and (2) a joint venture form for evidencing agreement by joint interest owners to participate in the budgeted project.

How it’s important to us

The term “AFE” is used extremely frequently across departments in O&G organizations.  Before almost any well-related cost is incurred, it must be accounted for in an AFE.  Supplemental AFEs are often tied to initial authorizations for unplanned, but related work.

When you need support managing your AFE documentation, Entrance Consulting’s extensive experience working with O&G industry organizations can provide you with guidance via industry-leading Sharepoint consulting services.


Nate Richards
Nate has over 18 years of software engineering and consulting experience. He founded Entrance in 2003. Nate is the past President of the Board of LifeHouse Houston, a Christ-centered maternity home ministry, and is past Executive committee member and Treasurer of Houston Achievement Place, a foster care and social skills training non-profit organization.
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