Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO of GCE NODE (left) greets visitors from Innovation Norway at GCE NODE’s stand at ONS, including Anita Krohn Traaseth, CEO of Innovation Norway (right).

ONS was buzzing with people and optimism on its opening day in Stavanger.

“If you are in the oil and gas, maritime or energy sector, this week, ONS and Stavanger is the place to be!” says Anne-Grete Ellingsen, CEO of GCE NODE.

After the Norwegian Crown Prince, Haakon Magnus, opened the conference and exhibition Monday morning, thousands of people filled the gigantic expo areas. More than 1100 exhibitors from 40 countries, and an expected 65,000 visitors, will be part of this 24thedition of ONS.

“Everybody is here, including a large delegation from Brazil and the largest delegation we have ever seen from China. This is an indication of an apparent upturn in an industry that has endured hardship,” says Ellingsen.

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At the grand opening, leaders from global oil companies explained how and why they invest in solar and offshore wind energy.

«The entire energy system is changing. This is a transition that GCE NODE as a cluster will take part in. Oil and gas will be an important source of energy for decades to come, but our technology and competence is not limited to oil and gas,» says Ellingsen.

35 GCE NODE companies have their own stand at ONS. 14 of these are at the joint GCE NODE stand in hall 9.

The Norwegian Crown Prince, Haakon Magnus, opened ONS in Stavanger Monday.