Offshore services operator Bristow Group has signed several long-term contracts and extensions covering 20 helicopters. In Norway, Bristow has added a five-year option to a seven-year contract for four Sikorsky S-92s; a new five-year contract with an option for another five years was inked for the Norway search and rescue provision, providing three new Eurocopter EC225s. Both Norwegian contracts are slated to start in September 2014.
Bristow also received a contract in the UK North Sea for one S-92 that went into service in July 2012 and for an EC225 that is scheduled for an August start.
The company obtained a 10-year contract with Australian oil and gas operator INPEX for up to six EC225s for drilling support and operations, with an option to add a search and rescue (SAR)-configured aircraft.
Petrobras in Brazil has awarded Lider a five-year contract for five S-92s, one of which is leased from Bristow and will begin service in August, with the remaining four starting in April 2013.