One of the biggest energy events in Scandinavia – Offshore Northern Seas (ONS), the sister event to Offshore Europe – takes place this year.
Running from August 28-31 in Stavanger, it includes an exhibition, conference and cultural festival, offering an opportunity to combine business with networking.
The exhibition attracts close to 50,000 visitors from all over the world and the conference has gained a reputation as one of the world’s most important international oil, gas and energy forums.
The festival has three nights of culinary experiences, music and entertainment.
Kjell Ursin-Smith, of the ONS Foundation, which runs ONS, said: “Over the last few years ONS has had a steady growth rate, and for ONS 2012 our aim is to have over 1,400 exhibiting companies from more than 100 nations.
“The ONS exhibition has been sold out since spring 2011. This is gratifying, because we are still an arena where both Norwegian and international companies want to be, but challenging because we would like to have room for so many more.
“So now we are working to allocate space on dedicated areas for small and medium-sized technology and renewable energy businesses.”
Businesses from the north east still have the chance to get involved by applying to join a joint Aberdeen City and Shire stand at the exhibition.
ONS will also host a meeting of the World Energy Cities Partnership, of which Aberdeen and Stavanger are both founding and highly active members.
During the evenings at ONS, Aberdeen City and Shire will also be participating at the harbour-side cultural festival, where global energy partners host a pavilion promoting their home city.
For the third time, Aberdeen has been invited to participate and will focus on highlighting Aberdeen as a prime destination for business and leisure tourism, as well as to study, live and invest.
For more information go to www.ons.no