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.
Project Control deals with measuring and monitoring project performance against baselines to identify deviation so appropriate adjustments can be taken. Professionals in this field analyse cost and schedule trends and develop forecasts to guide the project management team. These specialists typically have a solid background in planning, scheduling, cost control and cost engineering.