NHV wins North Sea wind farm contract


NHV has signed a contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to fly helicopter transport missions to the Rentel Offshore Wind Farm in the Belgian North Sea.

NHV will be flying workers from its base in Ostend to the wind farm 40km off the coast starting in October this year.

The operator will be flying the H145T2 on the route. It was selected for this operation for its manoeuvrability in confined environments.

The Rentel project is the fifth offshore wind installation in the Belgian North Sea and is home to 42 Siemens wind turbines with a maximum capacity of 309 MW. This makes it the largest capacity wind farm in the Belgian North Sea – with the ability to provide power for around 300,000 households.

An Stroobandt, managing director Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy in Belgium, said: “NHV has a proven history with Siemens Gamesa and in Belgium. I’m confident that our joint commitment to deliver safe, reliable, and cost-efficient helicopter operations will allow us to serve our customer well,” says

This is the second contract NHV has won with Siemens Gamesa this year. In July, NHV was awarded the contract to support the Beatrice offshore wind farm in the Moray Firth.

NHV’s base manager Bram De Backer said: “We are delighted that Siemens Gamesa have selected NHV as their partner for this prestigious project. This Rentel contract will further strengthen the strong working relationship there already was between our both parties.

“Thanks to our continued investments in fleet, equipment and training, NHV has the skills and experience to provide Siemens Gamesa with safe and reliable helicopter operations. This contract also fits in our company’s long-term strategy to broaden our range of services to the energy market and grow our renewables service alongside our oil and gas service.”