helicopter north sea

Canada’s CHC Helicopter has received a three-year contract worth £29m from Centrica Energy and Centrica Storage, to provide an improved helicopter service to meet its operational needs across key oil and gas fields in the North Sea.

Under the contract, which can be extended for an additional two years, CHC will operate an AW139 aircraft from Humberside Airport, starting in November 2013, to assist with Centrica’s offshore activities, including the York and Rough platforms, in the southern North Sea.

Centrica, as the operator of the fields, currently relocates all flight operations from Yarmouth.

Meanwhile, Centrica Energy will use an aircraft out of Aberdeen to improve scheduling and flexibility of flights to its operated Kittiwake platform in the northern and central North Sea.

Apart from maintaining its current base in North Denes, where CHC has already invested £300,000, the deal will help the company to invest more resources in Humberside.

"Canada’s CHC Helicopter has received a three-year contract worth £29m from Centrica Energy and Centrica Storage."

Furthermore, Centrica and CHC have created a combined team to increase flights, improve overall efficiency of service and operate dedicated flights to each of the installations.

Centrica Energy UK and the Netherlands operations director, Jim Craig, said: "We are pleased to announce this new service with CHC, which will improve helicopter provision across our operations in the northern, central and southern North Sea."

Centrica Storage operations business support manager, Roddy McKinnon, said: "This is a deal which strengthens Centrica Storage’s very successful partnership with CHC, which has meant we’ve been able to run our Rough asset efficiently, carrying our people and equipment safely offshore, helping provide vital gas to the UK when it is most needed, in the winter."

CHC West North Sea regional director, Mark Abbey, said: "The award of this contract demonstrates our flexibility in helping our customers go further and do more in the North Sea."

"The energy sector remains strong with both Humberside and North Denes a key part of our readiness to respond to our customers’ increasing needs for helicopter services in 2013 and beyond," Abbey added.

Image: A combined team of Centrica and CHC will operate dedicated helicopter flights to each of the installations. Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.