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 Directional Driller is responsible for drilling the off-vertical portion of the wellbore in accordance with the operator's drilling program so that all targets are reached. Directional Drillers oversee the rig up and rig down of the steering portion of the bottom hole assembly and work within the drilling contractor's and operator's safety and operational policies.