The King Opens ONS 2010

The petroleum industry is the main focus of the fair, but alternative energy forms are also exhibited. King Harald pointed out this combination in his opening speech, where he emphasized that it seems to take a long time to go for more environment friendly alternative to oil. He noted that the development of safer and cleaner petroleum technology is therefore very important, and knowledge exchange at the ONS contributes to this development:

“The Catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is a reminder to all of us about the challenges and risks in deep-sea activities. It is Important that the industry's technical experts come together in the events such as ONS. In the quest for safer ways of Producing oil and gas, it is vital that you openly exchange ideas and inspire each other. “said the king.

The King arrived punctually as ever at the conference auditorium. Following introductory addresses by ONS Board Chair Lars Takla and Mayor Leif Johan Sevland, the King took his pace on the podium to conduct the official opening of ONS 2010.

In his speech the King also addressed the ONS 2010 keynote theme ─ “Energy for more people”.

“The question is, and will always be”, he asked, “How can energy resources secure growth and ensure that an ever-increasing global population can be granted the same opportunities as we have enjoyed in the West?”

The King also highlighted the need to find cleaner ways of developing our energy resources.

“Today we recognise that there is an important relationship between energy and the environment. The industry has a clear focus on reducing the environmentally damaging effects of oil and gas production.”

“The way in which ONS showcases the complete energy picture is both stimulating and timely”, concluded the King.

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About ONS 2010

ONS is one of the world’s leading energy industry exhibitions. The expo aims to provide direct access to an offshore sector

In short – ONS 2008:

– 1 217 exhibitors

– From 28 countries

– 42 000 visitors

– From almost 100 countries visited the exhibition.

Since 2004, the oil and gas industry’s increasing reliance on cutting-edge technology has received particular focus.

In 2008, a special Renewable Energy Park was introduced. This park was expanded for ONS 2010, underlining the focus on the entire energy spectrum.

Access to more energy is the key topic during ONS 2010 as the world’s energy leaders gather under the keynote theme “Energy for more people”

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