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ONS receives record number of applications for Technical Sessions

The oil industry is looking for solutions to help solve identified bottlenecks.

Many companies have submitted proposals that address complex challenges and how these can be solved with new and possibly ground-breaking solutions.

The Offshore Northern Seas Technical Committee has identified 16 challenges in need of improved or new technological solutions. As the deadline for submissions closed 2nd February, ONS had received 316 applications from a variety of companies worldwide. By comparison, 212 proposals were received in 2016.

Project manager for ONS Technical Sessions, Bjørn Tore Bjørsvik said: “Much of what is going to happen on the Norwegian Continental Shelf will require new or improved technologies. The high number of submitted proposals confirms that these companies see opportunities in the industry. This year we see a greater diversity among the businesses that submitted their proposals. In 2016, the large companies were dominant. This year, several smaller companies have joined.”

In addition to looking at solutions for the oil and gas industry, technology transfers to other industries such as aquaculture, environment and renewable energy will be discussed and opportunities for cooperation between offshore and maritime will be explored.

The ONS Technical Sessions is a three-day event designed for engineers, developers, project managers and purchasers. The programme, that will consist of approximately 120 speakers, addresses topics like the development of fields, low-emission technologies and new technology trends that the industry can make use of.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate’s price for increased oil recovery – the IOR award 2018 will be awarded during the event.