A CHC-owned Sikorsky S-92 flies over Norwegian waters. (CHC Group)
CHC Group was awarded a contract by Norwegian firm Wintershall Dea to support forthcoming drilling operations in the North Sea. The contract comprises six projects spanning time frames of a couple of months to a year.
“We are excited to work with Wintershall Dea as their aviation partner in these projects,” said Helge Nesvåg, CHC sales director for Europe, Middle East and Africa. “They allow us to continue to build on our decades of experience supporting oil and gas customers on the Norwegian Continental Shelf as we continue to evolve our services and technology to best meet their needs.”
Operations will begin in the second half of 2019, according to CHC, with up to four flights per week per ring using a Sikorsky S-92 from CHC’s bases in Kristiansund and Brønnøysund.
“CHC is proud to offer safe and reliable transportation to customers in and around the Norwegian Continental Shelf,” said Per Andre Rykhus, General Operations Manager, Norway, CHC Helicopter. “We look forward to helping Wintershall Dea meet their transportation needs throughout this project and are eager to start flying on their behalf upon project commencement next year.”
CHC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with U.S. courts in May 2016, as many oil & gas operators were feeling the impact of low oil prices, emerging a year later with 80 fewer helicopters, $1 billion less debt and $300 million in investment from existing creditors.
In the past year, CHC has picked up multiple contracts in the North Sea, including one in December with OMV and another in May with Capricorn Norge AS.