Helicopter operator NHV has continued its rapid rise by clinching a new contract to provide flights to Premier Oil’s North Sea assets, departing from its Aberdeen base.
NHV, which is headquartered in Ostend, Belgium, will add another H175 aircraft to its Granite City fleet to help fulfil the five-year deal.
Once the new Airbus-made helicopter is delivered, NHV will have five H175s in Aberdeen.
NHV will transport workers to Premier Oil’s Catcher, Huntington and Balmoral fields in the central North Sea, as well as the Solan field, west of Shetland, when it takes over the reins from rival helicopter operator Babcock.
Jamie John, NHV’s Aberdeen base manager, said the new agreement would create a number of jobs for flight crew, engineering and support services.
The influx of new recruits will take NHV’s Aberdeen headcount to around 80, including contractors.
The company had just 21 employees in Aberdeen when it started operating out of north-east Scotland at the beginning of 2016.
It announced the opening of a new hangar, apron and passenger handling facilities in October that year.
Mr John said: “We are delighted that Premier Oil has decided to partner with NHV for their North Sea operations.
“We are looking forward to building a strong partnership with them and are eager to start flying on their behalf later this year.
“This new contract again allows us to showcase our safe, reliable, and efficient H175 services.”
A spokesman for Premier Oil said: “We are excited to start this new partnership with NHV to support our UK Continental Shelf assets for the next five years.
“We welcome NHV’s ability to deliver safe and efficient helicopter operations in the North Sea and look forward to working closely with them”.
Other recent contract wins for NHV include a long-term deal to provide helicopter services to Dana Petroleum for its Triton production vessel in the central North Sea and its Western Isles unit, east of Shetland.