OPEC-member Qatar has recently hastened development of its natural gas resources, specifically targeting the LNG market, of which the small Middle Eastern country is now the leading exporter. Although the lowest reserve holder among its peers in OPEC, Qatar is estimated to contain more than 15 billion barrels of proven oil reserves as of 2007. The country boasts close to 911 Tcf of proven natural gas reserves, and leading the way in securing and exploiting these resources are Qatargas and Rasgas. Of particular value to the country's natural gas production is the giant offshore North field, or the Qatari extension of the South Pars megaproject, which is the largest gas field in the world.
Pipe Inspectors have a general, broad knowledge base related to the maintenance, inspection and repair of piping systems. One of the methods used to inspect piping systems is NDT (non-destructive testing), in which properties of the pipe are tested without causing any damage to the material. Some NDT methods include visual inspection, thermal imaging, ultrasonic, and magnetic testing. Pipe Inspectors should have a good understanding of state and federal regulations, and can be found working in a plant/refinery setting as well as in the field inspecting pipelines.