CHC’s North Sea operations continue to thrive with contract extensions with Shell and expanded search and rescue capabilities for customer Statoil with new Sikorsky S-92s deploying soon.
CHC Group announced May 11, 2017 that the company has signed a contract with Sikorsky for the lease of two new generation Sikorsky S-92 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters. The aircraft, due to arrive ready for operation are expected in September and October 2017, the helicopters will support CHC’s contract with Statoil, and play a vital role in the overall emergency response capacity on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Statoil has extended the duration of the contract for CHC to provide SAR services across Statoil’s Norwegian sector platforms through 2020 and optional extensions are available through 2024.
“CHC has more than 50 years of experience in search and rescue operations on the Norwegian Continental Shelf and is a leading service provider within Norway,” stated Arne Roland, CHC Regional Director for Nordic Countries, Eastern Europe, Caspian and Canada (NECC.) “The new aircraft, together with our extended contract with Statoil, extends and increases the essential work we provide to Statoil and helps further the future advancement of SAR expertise in the region.”
The two S-92s were acquired as part of CHC’s agreement with Milestone Aviation Group to serve as CHC’s lead lessor for its go-forward fleet of helicopters. The S-92 reached more than one million fleet hours of service last year. The new generation S-92 will offer state-of-the-art technology, including active vibration control, composite blades, and other advanced safety features. Further, the aircraft’s health and usage monitoring systems will assist CHC in helping to ensure availability, reliability and safety for each new helicopter.
“Our team at CHC has been working hard to make sure we’re best positioned to meet our customers’ needs,” said Karl Fessenden, President and CEO of CHC Helicopter. “We remain keenly focused on providing the best value possible and appreciate the ongoing support of Statoil as represented by their decision to partner with us for these critical services.” CHC has completed more than 1,700 SAR missions worldwide for a diverse and quality base of customers.
CHC group also announced on May 15th, 2017 the signing of a two-year contract extension with Shell Aberdeen to provide helicopter services in support of their UK Continental Shelf operations. CHC has been Shell’s aviation partner for five years, initially serving Shell Central North Sea assets. As part of a joint initiative to improve supply chain efficiencies over the contract period, CHC service now also extends to Shell’s Northern North Sea activities.
“We are delighted with this contract extension” said Mark Abbey, CHC Regional Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “We will continue to evolve our services and embrace the latest technology to best meet customer needs, building on our decades of experience in UKCS oil and gas activity.”
The company has in recent months been picking up new contracts and extensions to existing services at a rapid rate as stability begins to return to the oil and gas market. CHC, having recently emerged from Chapter 11 proceedings, now stands poised in a strong position to grow while others in the same field may not be able to move with as much efficiency towards new and expanding working requirements.
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