A new oil show to be held in Norway the month before Offshore Europe (OE) 2013 in Aberdeen was cautiously welcomed by north-east organisations yesterday.
The organisers of Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) said its plans for a “midway” conference, to be called ONS Norway, would be aimed at the local Norwegian market.
Leif Johan Sevland, president and chief executive of ONS said it was planned for August 2013 and would be aimed at small to medium companies. He added: “What we are doing is for Norwegian companies on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS)- there is no interest in competition (with Offshore Europe) at all.
“We want to support Offshore Europe.”
Gordon McIntosh, director of enterprise, planning and infrastructure at Aberdeen City Council, said he thought the event would not have an impact on next year’s Offshore Europe.
“I think it is Stavanger trying to consolidate its position as the centre of the oil industry within Norway as the industry’s focus increasingly moves north.”
Natalie Booth, event director for Offshore Europe, said: “We do not see it as being in conflict with Offshore Europe. Offshore Europe really is an international meeting place for the industry in Europe’s energy capital.”