Harvesting an abundance of oil and natural gas resources, the Middle East supplies nearly half of all exports to the global oil market. Middle Eastern countries Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are all members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which pumps roughly 40% of the world's oil, with Saudi Arabia leading the pack for the greatest amount of output. OPEC's crude oil production was 28.7 million barrels per day in the first half of 2009.
The Asset Integrity Engineer is responsible for ensuring that equipment performs effectively and efficiently throughout the entire asset life cycle, from design, to maintenance, and eventually to decommissioning. Asset integrity engineers perform a number of duties including audits, inspections and qa/qc testing of assets. The goal of the asset integrity engineer is to maximize return on assets while ensuring a safe and efficient workplace. Asset integrity engineers will usually have a bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or applied science, and they will perform both field and office work for a variety of projects in the oil and gas industry.