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ONS Facts and figures

Founded in 1974, ONS has developed into a global energy meeting place connecting international suppliers, operating companies and decision makers. This is our background.

Event frequency

ONS takes place every second year in Stavanger, Norway.
The next event is 27 – 30 August 2018.

History

When oil and gas was discovered in the North Sea, the need for a meeting place for the companies in this new industry emerged. ONS was held for the first time in 1974, and has more than 40 years of proud history.

ONS is a non-profit foundation, and was established by Stavanger City Council, Statoil, Stavanger Forum and the Norwegian Petroleum Society.

The name

ONS has developed with the times – as has the name. In the seventies, ONS was short for Offshore North Sea, as the event was targeted at companies with business in the North Sea basin.

However, the oil industry soon started to explore other parts of the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The ONS event grew alongside the industry, more exhibitors and visitors participated and the conference topics became broader. So the name was changed to Offshore Northern Seas.

Today, the event attracts visitors from all over the world, and is known just as ONS.

Key figures from ONS 2018

  • Total visitors: 68 174 people from 98 countries visited ONS 2018
  • Exhibition: 1 124 companies from 37 countries
  • ONS Conference: 3 635 delegates attended the Conference
  • Centre Court: More than 6 187 people attended the sessions
  • Technical Sessions: 2 296 people attended 27 sessions over four days.
  • Young: 4 000 participated at the ONS Young arena.
  • International Markets: 11 61 participants through 10 sessions. 350 B2B meetings with international companies and organisations.
  • Renewable Markets: 205 participants
  • Summit: the ONS Summit gathered more than 90 top leaders of governments, corporations and academia from 23 countries
  • 785 meetings booked through the ONS matchmaking function
  • Festival: Nine pavilions offered food, drinks and entertainment Monday through Wednesday in Stavanger Harbour. 2 177 people participated in the road race “Run for Fun”. A large crowd  saw AURORA perform at the ONS Concert, followed by the spectacular fireworks at the end of the evening.
  • Media: 205 journalists from 16 countries attended ONS 2018
  • Innovation Awards: Interwell and Typhonix
  • Special Innovation Award: Lord Cullen
  • Distinguished Service Awards: Bente Nyland and Philip Lambert
  • Best Stand Awards: Wintershall for stands 50 square meters or larger, and IGUS winner for stands smaller than 50 square meters.
  • NPD’s IOR Award: The licensees for the Alvheim field

Facts and figures, ONS 2018

Exhibition

  • 9 exhibition halls
  • 20 000 square metres exhibition space
  • Operators and suppliers from all over the world
  • Two designated areas for innovators and companies with clean energy initiatives: Innovation Park and Clean Energy Park
  • Access to ONS Centre Court and Technical Sessions, a conference arena in the exhibition area
  • No invitation needed. Tickets cost 450 NOK (incl tax) – this gives access to the exhibition, Centre Court and Technical Sessions all four days

Conference

  • Main theme: INNOVATE
  • 620 speakers on seven conference arenas
  •  ONS Conference
    – Extensive three day programme held at the Clarion Hotel Energy
  • Centre Court – conference arena at the exhibition, strong focus on clean energy topics
  • Technical Sessions – technological solutions to the industry’s main challenges
  • Exhibitor Stage – a stage for exhibiting companies to present products or projects
  • Young – extensive programme for lower and upper secondary school pupils, students, young professionals and for teachers and advisers.
  • International Markets, presented by NORWEP – focus on business opportunities abroad for Norwegian companies
  • Renewable Markets – focus on business opportunities in renewable markets
  • ONS Summit – forum for senior executives and governmental leaders attending ONS

Festival

  • Social network arena, after-party and cultural events
  • Festival area in the Stavanger’s harbour, in the city centre
  • Opens when the exhibition closes – everyone is welcome!
  • Energy cities and companies host pavilions and boats
  • Culinary delights, art and entertainment
  • Run for fun – the ONS road race
  • The ONS Concert with Aurora

Conference themes - historical

The chosen theme helps set the agenda for the ONS Conference. Innovate is the main theme for ONS 2018. Here’s an overview of the ONS themes over the years.

1980 Uncertainties in the management of the offshore petroleum resources

1982  Production of oil and gas from deep and hostile waters

1984  Uncertainties and innovation – management of northern offshore resources

1986  Northern waters: new political, economic and technical opportunities and concerns

1988  Oil and gas in the 1990’s – perspectives, challenges and opportunities

1990  The petroleum industry adjusting to new realities

1992  Future energy markets – political and technological perspectives

1994  A changing world – a changing industry

1996  Oil and gas beyond 2000 – new frontiers

1998  Energy needs and environmental demands

2000  Shaping the future of the energy industry

2002  Energizing a new generation

2004  Shaping our energy future

2006  Bridging the energy gap

2008  Energy for one world

2010  Energy for more people

2012  Confronting Energy Paradoxes

2014  Changes

2016 Transition

2018 Innovate

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