CHC secures new offshore contract with Wintershall Dea


Helicopter operator CHC has secured a new offshore contract to provide helicopter transport for the recently-merged Wintershall Dea to and from oil rigs in the Norwegian Sea.

The contract will see CHC fly workers to four different wells over two years. The four wells – Balderbran and Gullster, Toutatis, Dvalin and Maria and Bergknaap – will be serviced from CHC’s bases in Brønnøysund and Kristiansund.

Helge Nesvåg, CHC sales director for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) said: “We are excited to work with Wintershall Dea as their aviation partner in these projects. They allow us to continue to build on our decades of experience supporting oil and gas customers on the Norwegian Continental Shelf as we continue to evolve our services and technology to best meet their needs.”

The operations will start in the second half of 2019. CHC expects to fly four flights a week to each rig using its existing fleet of Sikorsky S-92s.

“CHC is proud to offer safe and reliable transportation to customers in and around the Norwegian Continental Shelf,” said Per Andre Rykhus, general operations manager, Norway, CHC Helicopter. “We look forward to helping Wintershall Dea meet their transportation needs throughout this project and are eager to start flying on their behalf upon project commencement next year.”

Wintershall and DEA were two of the largest oil and gas firms in the Norweigian Sea. The company’s completed their merger in May – becoming the largest independent exploration and production company in Europe. With the plunging of crude oil prices, more consolidation is expected both for the oil and gas firms and among the helicopter operators that service them.

New Contracts

CHC has stood out from the oil and gas operator crowd recently by signing several new contracts. Whilst PHI and Bristow Group are both struggling in Chapter 11 and news from Era Helicopters has been quiet – its not having announced any new contracts or extensions this year – CHC has secured three new offshore contracts and extensions in 2019.

Bristow also secured one new contract with BP last month whilst Chapter 11 proceedings were already underway.

It’s worth recalling that CHC was the first of the major oil-and-gas operators to enter Chapter 11 during oil and gas market downturn back in 2016. The company entered bankruptcy protection and re-emerged 11 months later with a business-as-usual approach.