Bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south, Iraq to the north and the Persian Gulf to the east, Kuwait is driven by its burgeoning oil sector, the exports of which generate more than half of the Middle Eastern country's total export earnings. In 2007, Kuwait supplied more than 2.6 million barrels of oil per day to the world market, making the relatively small country a central player in the petroleum industry. Kuwait contains proven oil reserves of roughly 102 billion barrels and proven natural gas reserves of 63 Tcf. The Supreme Petroleum Council dictates Kuwait's oil policies, while the Kuwait Petroleum Council manages both domestic and foreign investments in the oil sector.
The Toolpusher is responsible for the drill crew and, on some rigs, the marine and maintenance crews as well. On land, the Toolpusher may be the rig manager responsible for all operations. They are able to utilize real-time data to co-ordinate operations, ensuring equipment and manpower is available to complete a specific task.