Discover, Develop, Deliver

ONS 2016, taking place in Stavanger from 29th August to 1st September, promises to be an exhibition, a conference and a festival – all in one!

Already bigger than ONS 2014 in terms of exhibition space, this year’s event focuses on the theme of Transition. Following on from the 2014 theme of Changes, the theme of Transition takes the debate further and addresses a number of topics relevant to the energy world – “the purpose of the theme of Transition is to bring about a useful debate on the transition to a new normal situation in the industry,” explains Leif Johan Sevland, CEO of ONS.

According to Jon Are Rørtveit, VP Commercial Director at ONS, the plan for ONS 2016 is to enhance all the positive things ONS is known for, and continue to develop the event: “One example is the new feature, Technical Sessions, which means we can offer even more conference content to ONS’ visitors. It also provides an arena where the industry can present new solutions, discuss technological challenges and learn about contract opportunities,” he said.

At ONS 2016, Technical Sessions will for the first time be an integrated part of the programme, underpinning ONS’ role as the leading technology marketplace for the world’s energy industry.

The Conference that Jon mentioned is always a big part of ONS and in 2016 two top leaders in the industry Ben van Beurden, CEO of Royal Dutch Shell and Ryan Lance, CEO of ConocoPhillips, have been announced as speakers. It’s clear that the ONS Conference presents the biggest names in the business – designed to give visitors global perspectives from the people with the best insight and the power to influence the future. Again building on the main theme for ONS, Transition, the conference aims to focus on the actions needed to steer from the current situation to a more stable and desirable one.

John Knight, EVP at Statoil, is the Chair of the ONS Conference Committee and has been instrumental in creating the programme. “With the conference, I look forward to combining the traditional technology focus with a greater understanding of the geopolitical, macro-economic and social-political challenges the industry is currently facing,” he says.

Transition will be addressed based on three main pillars: transition to a new market reality, transition to a more sustainable world and leadership in periods of transformation.

“In the development of the conference programme we have focused on finding excellent speakers to address the most pressing issues,” says Knight. “In total, we will present more than 60 high level keynote speakers,” he adds.

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Of course, ONS isn’t just a Conference – it is also a hugely significant exhibition, attracting over 90,000 visitors and over 1300 exhibitors from 39 countries. The event attracts high-level executives and politicians as well as specialists and young professionals from all over the world – the ONS exhibition gives visitors direct access to the most interesting companies in the offshore and overall energy industry.

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In addition, anyone with a ticket for the ONS Exhibition is able to visit the ONS Centre Court, an intimate conference arena in the middle of the exhibition venue. This stage offers short, interesting talks with a high emphasis on clean energy issues.

At ONS, Clean Energy is regarded as a megatrend in the society; from renewable energy and energy efficiency to CO2 cleaning technology and similar topics. “We think it is important to gradually increase the focus on alternative energy sources and energy efficiency in order to secure our role as ‘the world’s leading energy meeting place’ in the future. Our aim is to be a venue known to promote the importance of a greener energy development both within and outside the petroleum industry,” says Leif Johan Sevland.

Bjørn Kj. Haugland, EVP and Chief Sustainability Officer of the DNV GL Group is chair of the ONS Clean Energy Committee developing the Centre Court programme. He sees great potential for clean energy to build on the huge expertise in the oil and gas sector. “I would like us to promote the opportunities that lie in the green shift. ONS is a fantastic global meeting place for the oil and gas sector, and I aim to make efforts for ONS to be increasingly associated with a holistic view of energy where oil and gas and renewable energy can go hand in hand,” he says.

The third part of ONS is the Festival, and this makes ONS an event unlike any other in this industry. The aim is to take good care of guests who come to ONS and offer them an arena for social networking in the evenings. The festival is also open to anyone in Stavanger who wants to come, whether they’ve been to the exhibition or not.

The festival area is right in the heart of Stavanger, in the city’s intimate harbour. This has proven to be the perfect meeting place for mixing business with pleasure. It features pavilions filled with entertainment, food and drink and includes a concert, and a resident artist, as well as the legendary ONS fireworks, which are well known and loved by ONS attendants – as well as the citizens of Stavanger.

It is clear that 2016’s ONS event is going to be both educational and entertaining. Combining access to the latest news, trends, innovations and technical solutions in the industry with networking opportunities, the event is a one-stop-shop for access to investors, contractors, suppliers, decision makers, politicians, government leaders and key players in the industry.

It offers the opportunity to nurture existing customer relationships, as well as get in touch with and acquire new customers, and visitors will find themselves as part of an event determined to find new solutions that will shape the energy industry in years to come.


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