Offshore conference focuses on rising oil demand

The world's increasing thirst for oil and gas received more attention at the Offshore Northern Seas Conference in Stavanger last week than the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change and other themes of the nearly concurrent United Nations meeting on sustainable development in Johannesburg, South Africa (see related stories, this issue).While fuel cells, hydrogen as a fuel, and renewable energy such as wind power and biomass drew official support in Johannesburg, they were seen by speakers in Stavanger as minor contributors for the foreseeable future to sustainable energy supply.No energy shortage seenGerald Doucet, secretary-general of the World Energy Council (WEC), said there is no shorta...

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