The conference programme has been more extensive as ever with 620 speakers, compared to 88 speakers in 2010. The number of delegates at the ONS Conference has grown with 10 percent compared to ONS 2016, with a total of 3 635 participants over three days. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway opened ONS 2018 Monday morning, followed by high-level discussions with prominent speakers such as as Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO of Total, Eldar Sætre, President and CEO of Equinor and Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of UN Global Compact.
– We wanted to encourage discussions on timely issues related to the energy industry, between oil and gas representatives and sustainability leaders. We managed to gather a good mix of industry executives, technical experts, analysts, researchers and environmental advocates. Through four days of programme, they have addressed energy, technology, security and environmental issues on seven different conference arenas, says ONS Programme Director, Ingvild Meland.
Future energy systems
Energy in future societies was the main topic at the ONS 2018 Centre Court. Through the four-day programme, 6 187 visitors got expert updates on energy related academic and political topics such as the green mobility revolution, CCS, batteries and cleaner oil and gas production were discussed. Morning talks with industry leaders, lunch battles and pitching contests were on the agenda.
– To better understand global trends across the energy ecosystem we invited leading thinkers on energy issues and technologies coupled with experts from financial and academic organisations, environmental agencies and policy makers. We heard from Nina Jensen CEO of REV Ocean, Georg Kell Chairman of Arabesque QE, Bjørn Otto Sverdrup, SVP Sustainability at Equinor, Bård Vegar Solhjell CEO of WWF Norway, Valentina Kretzschmar, Director of Wood Mackenzie, Andreas Thorsheim, CEO of Otovo and Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO of Innovation Norway to mention a few, says Meland.
For engineers – by engineers
The ONS Technical Sessions has grown into one of the largest gatherings of R&D stakeholders in the industry. The number of participants has more than doubled since ONS 2016, with 2 296 people attending 27 sessions over four days. Throughout 158 presentations, challenges and cost-inflating bottlenecks on the NCS were addressed. Solutions related to P&A, greenfield developments, cutting emissions, extending life of current installations, and improvement of uptime were presented.
28 E&P companies
ONS 2018 attracted 1 124 exhibitors from 37 countries. The exhibition area covered more than 20 000 square meters across nine exhibition halls. 28 E&P companies exhibited this year, including several new players on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. The number of clean energy companies exhibiting grew by 30% compared to 2016. In addition, a new Digitalization Zone was introduced. At this arena ONS visitors could learn about digital opportunities in the industry.
– This year we had a record-high number of E&P companies participating. I believe this demonstrates that the meeting place ONS is as important as ever. The exhibition has also been more diversified this year, with a higher participation from clean energy companies, tech-companies and start-ups, says Sevland.
Meet at ONS – an in-house built matchmaking tool – was a new feature to the ONS app in 2018. The matchmaking tool matched visitors, exhibitors and speakers based on their profiles and allowed participants to request and schedule on-site meetings at designated meeting areas throughout the exhibition. Close to 800 meetings was booked through Meet at ONS.
A record-high participation at the Young arena
More than 4 000 young visitors attended ONS Young. Over the course of four days, they learned about the diversity of the energy industry and career opportunities, got valuable insight from industry experts and met company representatives from Equinor, Shell, Wintershall, ConocoPhillips, Lyse, DNB and Aker BP. This year the young visitors could network and enjoy music and food in the brand new Young Lounge. They could also attend guided tech-tour around the ONS Exhibition to meet some of the exhibiting companies.
– Attracting young, talented minds is vital to drive innovation and transformation in the oil and energy industry. I think the high participation reflects the optimism in the industry and indicates that young people see a future in the energy industry, Sevland says.
A unique energy event – also at night
Monday through Wednesday, visitors to ONS together with locals in Stavanger, could enjoy unique food, drinks and entertainment at the nine ONS Festival pavilions in the harbour. 2177 people participated in “Run for Fun”, making it one of the largest road races in the region. Wednesday evening, a large crowd gathered to see Amanda Delara and AURORA perform on the main stage, followed by the well-known ONS Fireworks.