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.
Rotating equipment is the general classification of mechanical components that add kinetic energy to a process in order to move material. This can include turbines, pumps, compressors, gearboxes, engines and more. Rotating equipment requires detailed design, testing, installation and maintenance and there are engineers that focus specifically on this machinery throughout the oil and gas industry.