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ONS Conference – highlights

A quick guide of the ONS Conference

The ONS Conference

Tuesday, August 28th


– Official opening- Official Inauguration:    Lars Takla, Chair, ONS Foundation   Christine Sagen Helgø, Mayor of Stavanger   HM King Harald V- Opening remarks:    Jørgen Kildahl, ONS 2012 conference committee


Panel discussion; Confronting Energy Paradoxes – a Geo-Political Perspective

Moderator Zeinab Badawi, award-winning broadcaster and BBC World News TV presenter and correspondent.


Panel:- Abdulaziz F. Al-Khayyal SVP Industrial Relations, Saudi Aramco- Helge Lund, CEO, Statoil ASA- Peter R. Voser, CEO, Royal Dutch Shell- Maria van der Hoeven, Executive


Director, The International Energy Agency – Rudi Rubiandini R.S., Vice Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Indonesia


The NPD Award


The NPD Award is presented by Bente Nyland, Director General, Norwegian Petroleum Directorate.


Wednesday, August 29th

Why not more natural gas?

Natural gas contributes to cleaner combustion and reduced CO2 emissions. Natural gas, as the cleanest of the fossil fuels, can be used in many ways to help reduce the emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere. Burning natural gas in the place of other fossil fuels emits fewer harmful pollutants, and an increased reliance on natural gas can potentially reduce the emission of many of these most harmful pollutants. New discoveries and new technology has increased supply and reduced the price. Then, why are we not using more natural gas as an energy source? This topic will be discussed during the day, not least in the panel discussion

“Why not more natural gas?”

Panel: – Lord Moynihan,Former UK Minister of Energy- Prof. Dieter Helm, Oxford University- Prof.Dr. Marc Oliver Bettzüge, University of Cologne

Thursday, August 30th

Safety lunch with Hans Henrik Ramm

According to Hans Henrik Ramm, the petroleum industry is filled with safety-related paradoxes, more and more of which have become apparent in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon accident.


One example is the learning paradox. After every major accident we see that we actually already knew how to do things the right way. But something still went wrong. Why doesn’t the industry learn?


Another paradox is related to technological development. The industry has proven its ability to perform technological miracles. But why is there not more innovation within the safety and preparedness area?

The PSA Award

The safety lunch will conclude with the award of the Petroleum Safety Authority Norway’s HSE award, “The PSA Award”. This is an award given to a person or organisation that has made a strong and visible contribution to the safety work in the Norwegian petroleum industry.


The prize will be awarded in connection with the HSE lunch during ONS, for the fourth time this year.


Previous award recipients:

2006: Professor Torgeir Moan

2008: OLF’s gas leak project

2010: Vidar Bernt Sørensen


Young Professional Company Award 2012

The Young Professional Company Award gives young professionals an opportunity to express their views on the future of the petroleum and energy industries. The Young Professional Company Award was inaugurated in 2002 and has become a popular addition to the conference, and an excellent way for the companies to showcase both themselves and their employees.


An important factor is that the groups get the opportunity to express themselves freely and thus say what they really mean about the topic in question. It is also an excellent opportunity for the young professionals to establish industry-wide networks. The winning team 2012 will be presented Thursday.


The four finalists are

– Statoil- ConocoPhillips- DNV- Aker Solutions

Previous winners:

2002:  Det Norske Veritas (DNV)

2004:  Det Norske Veritas (DNV)

2006:  Norwegian Petroleum Directorate

2008:  Norske Shell

2010:  Rystad Energy


Friday, August 31th

Young People’s Energy Forum

The final day of the conference is dedicated to tomorrow’s energy experts. Moderator is Alex Rosén, well known actor and entertainer. This session is in Norwegian

Kaizers for UNICEF

The Norwegian rock band Kaizers Orchestra will be performing a fund raising mini concert as a closing of the Young People’s Energy Forum, supporting  UNICEF and the Schools for Africa campaign. The main sponsor for the concert  is Det Norske.

Press/media images

Press and media images for free usage can be found at ONS’ media site during the conference. Images in the media bank are in both high-res and web versions, ready for download.

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