OPINION: Soaring inflation, a wobbling global economy and deteriorating relations between Russia and the European Union over gas supplies have left the energy industry looking for its mojo of late.

It seemed to find some fizz in the bottle in Norway.

The Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) conference and exhibition was back live and in person for the first time in four years with an upbeat theme of “trust” — a suitable counterbalance to the international schism over Ukraine.

The Stavanger event, glamorised by the presence of controversial billionaire Elon Musk and the Crown Prince of Norway, was an opportunity for that much-missed human contact after Covid lockdowns and cancellations.