Chevron say lifting of flight ban will not affect operations

Inside NHV's base in Dyce
Inside NHV's base in Dyce

American oil firm Chevron has said the lifting of the Super Puma helicopter flight ban will not affect North Sea operations.

The multinational energy company uses NHV to ferry offshore workers to and from offshore installations on the UK Continental Shelf.

Belgium based NHV use Airbus’s H175 aircraft so the lifting of the grounding of the H225 and AS332L2s does not impact operations.

The Civil Aviation Authority announced plans for lifting the restrictions on Friday night, in an unprecedented move.

It comes following a safety overhaul in the wake of a fatal accident off Norway last year, that claimed the lives of 13 people.

Oil giant BP said on Monday that it would not be considering a return to service of the Super Pumas until a root cause of the Norway accident has been identified.

Statoil also reaffirmed its commitment not to use the Super Pumas last night. The Norwegian operator has removed the aircraft from its contracts.

Energy Voice has asked several operators on their position and is awaiting responses.