ONS 2022 in a nutshell

61 098 people from 94 countries took part in making ONS 2022 the leading energy meeting place. This year’s theme, TRUST, proved to be highly relevant for the many conference sessions, the exhibition and the ONS+ arena downtown.
  • 61 098 visitors from 94 countries
  • Over 1000 speakers on stage covering energy security, renewable energy, oil & gas, politics and the road towards net zero.
  • 3 brand new arenas premiered
    • Net Zero Markets
    • Scale-ups
    • ONS+ downtown Stavanger
  • Over 1000 stands

“We are proud and humble to be able to gather so many people again. This time around we have welcomed new industries, brand new companies in a way we have never seen before and it could not make me happier,” exclaims Leif Johan Sevland, CEO & President, ONS Foundation.

What makes ONS truly special is the unique mix of a very dynamic exhibition, the high-level ONS Conference, and the many venues with smaller conference sessions on energy & society, scale-ups, renewables and low carbon technology.

The complete programme has been more extensive than ever with over 1000 speakers, compared to 620 speakers in 2018, and 70 in 2010.

ONS Conference

The scene was truly set with an emotional and highly relevant line-up of speakers.

His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway opened ONS 2022 and was followed by Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre who introduced the Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy live from Kyiv.

President Zelenskyy addressed the crowd with a passionate speech about the war with Russia and how this affects both the global and European energy security in a dramatic way.

Elon Musk was interviewed by moderator Xenia Wickett and discussed electrification, the continued need for hydrocarbons and the energy transition. 

Other speakers at the opening of the ONS Conference: Anders Opedal, CEO of Equinor, Edward Daniels, Chair ONS Conference Committee, Director Strategy, Sustainability and Corporate Relations, Shell, Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman & CEO, TotalEnergies, Fatih Birol, Executive Director of IEA, Helima Croft, Man. Dir. and Global Head of Commodity Strategy, RBC Capital Markets and Ann Mettler, VP Europe of Breakthrough Energy.

“We are grateful some of the biggest name in the industry take their time to share insight, inspire us and propose new and actual solutions,” Sevland.

Net Zero Markets and Scale-ups

Net Zero Markets is one of our new arenas where wind, hydrogen, CCUS, solar and battery/energy storage got the main stage. The arena had close to 300 speakers on several stages and covered a broad range of topics highly relevant for the energy transition.

The brand-new Scale-Ups arena invited everyone to a beach themed stage and mingling area connecting scale-ups, corporate ventures, private equity companies, and everyone interested in scaling up new solutions in the energy industry. 16 “new” companies were chosen to be part of the Scale-ups exhibition, and the stage was filled with entrepreneur talks and exciting inspiration for scaling up in the energy industry.

Centre Court and Technical Sessions

Under the headline “energy & society” visitors were invited into the Centre Court arena in hall 9. The short and focused talks and panels explored everything from seabed minerals, to geopolitics, the talent war and energy transition.

Technical Sessions opened for applicants to 7 main challenges already in November and had a record number of 400 applications. The 7 topics had several smaller challenges, and in total the sessions explored 21 challenges exploring technical solutions to reduce emissions. Main focus was on oil and gas, but also the transfer of technology from petroleum to renewables and other In total the to the 7 topics and 21 challenges highlighted unique technology and innovative ideas to solve future challenges.

ONS Young

ONS Young was this year at a new venue and brought students, young professionals, future students and middle school students attended sessions and debates at three stages throughout the arena.

Among the speakers were Gina Gylver in Natur & Ungdom, Anja Bakken Riise in Fremtiden I våre hender, Anders Opedal, Equinor and scientist Jo Røislien.


Every night during ONS bars and pavilions downtown have been opened for debates and live podcasts. ONS’ own arena Energy Square was fully packed several times during the week, both during the ONS Young event Monday night and during debates.

A total of 34 boats were moored in the Stavanger harbour during ONS and hosted debates and networking events.

The free concert Wednesday night with Highasakite and TØFL attracted both young and old, and filled up the square and far out along the harbour. At one point there was a total of more than 28 000 registered cell phones in the area.

Key figures ONS 2022

  • Total visitors: 61 098 people from 94 countries visited ONS 2022
  • Exhibition: Over 1000 companies from 82 countries
  • ONS Conference: Over 900 delegates attended the Conference Opening Monday.
  • Centre Court: More than 1850 people attended the sessions over four days
  • The Net Zero Markets: 2400 people attended over sessions on hydrogen, CCUS, batteries/energy storage, solar energy, and offshore wind.
  • Technical Sessions: 1140 people attended the sessions over four days.
  • Scale-ups: 1000 people attended sessions in the Scale-ups venue
  • Young: 2730 registered students, 450 young professionals, 1800 future students (VGS) and 170 middle school students participated at the ONS Young arena.
  • Summit: the ONS Summit Meeting gathered more than 75 top leaders and 14 observers from governments, corporations and academia from 18 countries
  • International Markets presented by NORWEP: 196 delegates participating in 17 offshore wind workshops and 12 markets sessions. More than 280 B2B meetings.
  • ONS+: 7 pavilions, 1500 people participated in the road race “Run for Fun”. The highest level of cell phones registered downtown/bay area (Vågen) was over 28 000 during the ONS Concert Wednesday night.
  • Media: 230 journalists from 20 countries were accredited to cover ONS 2022
  • Innovation Awards: Wärtsilä Norway and Ruden AS
  • Distinguished Service Awards: Dr. Fatih Birol
  • Best Stand Awards: Wintershall Dea for stands 50 square meters or larger, and Safety Tools winner for stands smaller than 50 square meters.
  • NPD’s IOR Award: The licenses on the Statfjord field in the North Sea 


Inger Johanne Stenberg

Communications Director


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