Oil industry gathers in Stavanger

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Thousands of people working in the offshore oil and gas industry were pouring into Norway’s oil capital of Stavanger this week, to talk shop and rub elbows.

It’s time once again for the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) conference, which organizers claim provides an arena for public debate and presentation of new technology. The huge conference and exhibition has been held every other year in Stavanger for the past 35 years.

Helge Lund, chief executive of Norway’s own oil company Statoil, functions as a sort of host, welcoming representatives “from the entire global industry.” Lund called ONS “a fine possibility for both companies and their employees to form networks at all levels.”

Several prominent guests were among those expected in Stavanger this week, including King Harald, who traditionally opens the festivities, and actor Kevin Costner, who was due to deliver a speech on Thursday. Costner is an environmental activist who has founded the companies Blue Planet Solutions and Ocean Therapy Solutions.

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