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.
The Mechanic is a key part of the rig's maintenance crew and is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all drilling contractor-owned equipment on board the rig. The Mechanic is expected to be competent with all aspects of diesel, hydraulic and pneumatic equipment.