CHC wins contract with Equinor Brazil


CHC Brasil's new contract with Equinor Brazil is expected to start this month.

CHC Brasil, part of CHC Helicopter, has won a contract with Equinor Brazil to support production in the heavy oil Peregrino field in the Campos Basin on the country’s South Atlantic coast, near Rio de Janeiro.

The operator will support Equinor through the High Activity Period (HAP) phase of the project. As part of the agreement, CJC Brasil will provide an aircraft to deliver a major programme of maintenance, upgrades and repairs on the floating production storage and offloading vessel Cabo Frio.

Licia Rocha, sales director, CHC – Latin America said the operator wasthrilled” to support  Equinor Brazil as it enters the HAP phase of the Peregrino field project. “We deliver safe and effective transportation offshore each day, and our hard-working team continuously goes above and beyond to deliver the highest levels of operational excellence to our customers,” she said. “This new contract exemplifies that, and we welcome the opportunity to be involved in the Peregrino field project.”

Rocha added that CHC Brasil combines local expertise and knowledge with its global network to deliver its services in the region. “Having previously provided safe, efficient and effective support in Suriname and Uruguay, it is identifying other opportunities in adjacent markets to Brazil and has significant long-term growth plans in Latin America more broadly,” according to the company. The operator plans to expand its local headcount and grow its fleet while exploring opportunities in the maintenance, repair and overhaul space through its sister company Heli-One.

The oil and gas sector is buoyant in Brazil, said Rocha. “We are not only seeing an increased demand from core customers – such as Equinor – but there’s also been a significant number of new projects coming forward – which we are extremely well positioned to support. The market is growing, and we are well placed to continue executing our growth plans for the region as a result.”

The Peregrino field is the largest operated by Equinor outside Norway. Work on the new project is expected to start this month.

Meanwhile, early this year Equinor became the launch customer for the Bell 505 Relentless with its order for 10 aircraft. Read more about the offshore helicopter market in Brazil, as discussed at our Corporate Jet Investor & Helicopter Investor Latin America 2024 conference.