By S.L. Fuller | September 19, 2017
Bristow has received a multi-year contract to support Eni Norge and Statoil in the Barents Sea, the operator said. The five-year deal is a renewal of an existing contract.
Per the deal, Bristow is set to provide helicopter offshore crew change and search and rescue services, starting Sept. 1, 2018. According to Bristow, this contract would yield continued high activity at its base at Hammerfest, Norway.
“The Barents Sea is a strategically important region for Bristow, and we foresee continued growth of exploration and production activities in the coming years,” said Bristow Norway Area Manager Heidi Wulff Heimark. “With this contract and our Arctic experience, Bristow is well-positioned for coming exploration campaigns in the high North.”
Bristow plans to use a Sikorsky S-92 to provide the crew change services for offshore platforms, and a Sikorsky all-weather search and rescue (AWSAR) S-92 for search and rescue work. Both feature integrated traffic alert and collision avoidance systems, tail-mounted cameras and performance-based navigation. The AWSAR S-92 is certificated for night-vision goggle operations and features forward-looking infrared, auto hover, twin-hoist, mission management with moving map and increased on-board medical capabilities.
This contract announcement follows recent reports that Bristow is looking to cut jobs in the North Sea. Positions would be reportedly cut from Bristow’s Shetland and Aberdeen locations in Scotland.