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.
In general, process control refers to maintaining the output of a specific process within a desired range. Process control also enables automation, which allows a smaller staff to control a large operation. In the oilfield, many operations are run by process controls including valves, mud pumps, vessels and instruments. Testing and monitoring of systems can also be automated. Jobs in this field vary from engineers responsible for designing and programming equipment, to technicians responsible for maintenance and monitoring of control systems.