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Apache Ends CHC North Sea Contract

By S.L. Fuller | January 4, 2017
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Photo courtesy of CHC

Photo courtesy of CHC

Oil firm Apache has chosen not to renew its contract with CHC Helicopter in the North Sea, news outlets report. However, CHC's Aberdeen, U.K., location does not have any reported plans to implement any immediate workforce layoffs. Apache reportedly accounts for less than 20% of CHC's business.

The contract, announced in 2010, ends in September. News outlets said Apache has chosen to enter an agreement with a different helicopter provider. CHC said it hopes to avoid issuing redundancies by netting new business, keeping employees affected by the Apache deal at work.

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Last week in the same location, news reports said a CHC Sikorsky S-92 operating out of Aberdeen made an emergency landing. The helicopter was reportedly working for field operator Total at the Elgin and Franklin fields in the Central Graben Area of the North Sea, around 130 miles east of Aberdeen. No one was injured, though the helideck on which the aircraft landed suffered damage. CHC has reportedly launched an internal investigation.

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