The key influencers were brought together to make a positive difference in the energy industry.
Participants included Ola Borten Moe, Minister of Oil and Energy for Norway, and Mark Dierikx, Director General of Energy for The Netherlands. Following the summit, the ONS conference was officially opened Aug. 28 by King Harald V of Norway.
“Confronting Energy Paradoxes” was the keynote theme, which was debated on the basis of three global challenges:
- Prosperity or clean air -- or both?
- Will technology continue to secure energy supply?
- Why not more natural gas?
Al-Khayyal participated on a panel with other energy experts that also included: Helge Lund, president and CEO of Statoil ASA; Peter Voser, chief executive officer Royal Dutch Shell; Maria Van Der Hoeven, executive director of the International Energy Agency; and Rudi Rubiandini, vice minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Republic of Indonesia.
Moderated by Zeinab Badawi of the British Broadcasting Service, the debate saw Al-Khayyal raise five strategies that must align in relation to the first challenge: “First, exploiting vast opportunities to enhance energy efficiency; second, using technology in general to minimize the environmental footprint of fossil energy sources; third, making greater use of cleaner natural gas in the global energy mix; fourth, taking advantage of emergent carbon capture and storage technologies; and fifth, gradually deploying renewable and alternatives to complement vast conventional energy sources and their massive worldwide infrastructure.”
The conference was a key feature of the biennial ONS event, which also provided Saudi Aramco with the opportunity to recruit top talent through workshops. More than 50,000 delegates and 1,300 exhibiting companies ensured the event, established in 1974, remains a major international arena for the promotion and advancement of the offshore energy industry.