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.
A Rigger is someone who sets up equipment and prepares it before work can commence. The term "rigger" originates from sailing where sailors were responsible for raising the sails and rigging on board a ship. Scaffolding is a temporary structure built to support people and materials during repairs and maintenance of buildings and other structures. In the oil and gas industry, scaffolding is used on oil rigs to allow access to parts of the rig for maintenance and other work. An offshore scaffold will usually have to obtain safety certification for working at extreme heights.