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 Toolpusher is responsible for the drill crew and, on some rigs, the marine and maintenance crews as well. On land, the Toolpusher may be the rig manager responsible for all operations. They are able to utilize real-time data to co-ordinate operations, ensuring equipment and manpower is available to complete a specific task.