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.
Mud logging is the creation of a record (log) that contains the drilling activity observed during the drilling of a well. This information is usually gathered by examining rock cuttings brought to the surface by drilling. The mud log contains the entire geological record of the well; it may contain information regarding lithology (rock type), drill time, mud characteristics, and if there was any indication of oil or gas.