Equinor has handed CHC an £85 million contract to provide flights from Stavanger airport to its Norwegian continental shelf platforms.
CHC will provide crew change services in the southern part of the Norwegian North Sea, serving the Johan Sverdrup, Gina Krogh, Sleipner, Grane, Gudrun, Heimdal and Draupner fields, as well as drilling rigs in the area.
The contract will run from July 1 2021 for a fixed period of three years and includes three yearly options.
CHC will use two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters to fulfil its duties, with an option to add a third.
Furthermore, Equinor has agreed to share capacity on one of the helicopters with Var Energi.
Peggy Krantz-Underland, Equinor’s chief procurement officer, said: “We have good experience of cooperation with Var Energi on joint procurement of helicopter services.
“The cooperation contributes to efficient use of helicopter capacity and increases flexibility for both companies.
“It also allows for better long-term planning from the service provider.”
Steinar Mathisen, responsible for aviation on the NCS for Equinor, said: “Stavanger airport, Sola, is a cornerstone for our operations in the North Sea.
“About 50,000 passengers are annually transported from Sola to Equinor’s offshore installations and back.
“We look forward to cooperate with CHC and Var Energi to deliver safe and efficient personnel transportation from Sola airport.”
CHC HS managing director Per Andre Rykhus said: “We are delighted to continue partnering with Equinor and Var Energi to execute their service safely and with outstanding efficiency and levels of customer service.
“CHC is known for their drive to improve their operations and services and our partnership is based on working together to further optimise planning and offshore routes.”