The veil of snow cloaking the north-east of Scotland has brought many services to a halt in Aberdeen and offshore bound helicopters are no exception.
Workers looking to travel to assets operated by the likes of TotalEnergies, Cnooc, Ineos, Shell and Petrofac have all been hit, with flights delayed and cancelled as a result of the Met Office’s yellow weather warning for snow and ice.
The disruptions may continue tomorrow as the weather warning extends to Friday and early next week, with the the Met Office noting: “Wintry showers becoming more widespread again on Monday.”
🚗 Be careful of icy stretches when travelling on Thursday morning
🌨️ Snow showers continue for northern Scotland, while a wintry mix of showers could also push into southeast Scotland and northeast England
🌤️ Even for sunnier areas inland, it will still be widely cold pic.twitter.com/IpY77G0n6L
— Met Office (@metoffice) December 7, 2022
Between the three helicopter operators based at Aberdeen’s Dyce airport, Offshore Helicopter Services, NHV and CHC, 15 flights have been delayed or cancelled at the time of writing (11:00).
Offshore Helicopter Services have delayed eight flights and cancelled six including two for Total, one for CNOOC and one for Saipem.
NHV has cancelled two flights from Dyce, both booked by Ineos and delayed five amongst those effected by these delays are Shell Ithaca and Harbour Energy.
CHC is yet to outright cancel a flight from Aberdeen but has delayed 13. These include journeys for Shell, Petrofac and Equinor.
This comes shortly after a number of offshore heliports flights were delayed and cancelled as a result of a storm that caused disruption at Dyce.