CHC to Give Statoil a Lift

Statoil has signed agreements with CHC Helikopter Service AS covering flights between Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) installations and Bergen and Floro, as well as the standby helicopter stationed at the Statfjord B platform.

From January 1, 2010 to May 1, 2015, the company will fly all of Statoil's helicopter departures to and from Bergen. The contracts also cover departing flights from Floro, north of Bergen, from 1 June 2009 to 1 May 2015 and Statfjord B standby helicopter flights from 1 March 2009 to 1 May 2016.

The contracts include options for up to four years with a total value of around NOK 6 billion.

Nine helicopters make up the deal. Four are EC225 machines, the latest edition to Eurocopter's Super Puma family, developed to meet the very latest safety requirements. It is the first time Statoil is adopting this helicopter type on the NCS. The other five machines are Sikorsky S-92s.

"By adopting the very latest in safety technology, Statoil is consolidating its position as one of the leading oil companies in helicopter safety worldwide," says Frank W Arnesen, Statoil's senior vice president for the operations support cluster in Exploration & Production Norway.

Earlier this year Statoil chose to renegotiate its existing contract in Kristiansund, mid-Norway, and will commission EC225 machines in addition to S-92s here as well, during the course of the summer of 2009.

CHC Helikopter Service AS and Norsk Helikopter Service AS presently fly for Statoil from Bergen. CHC Helikopter Service AS is also currently responsible for the Statfjord field's standby helicopter and for Floro departures.