Notably the largest crude oil exporter in the Western Hemisphere and a founding member of OPEC, Venezuela is a key player in the industry, having supplied some 1.89 million barrels per day of oil to the world market in 2008. Currently, Venezuela boasts the largest amount of proven oil reserves in South America at 99.4 billion barrels, as well as proven natural gas reserves of 176 Tcf. Nationalized in the 1970s, Venezuela's petroleum industry is dominated by state-controlled PDVSA, also the South American country's primary employer. In 2009, PDVSA initiated further nationalization, taking control of many oilfield services contractors operating in the region.
The Production Operator is responsible for the daily operations on a production platform. Duties can include performing preventative maintenance on production equipment such as separators and gas compressors and monitoring processes to ensure that production operations are maintained within specified parameters.