CHC Brazil lands five new contracts with oil giant Petrobras


CHC Brasil has won five new contracts with Brazilian oil giant Petrobras said to be worth millions of dollars.

The exclusive contracts focus on the offshore transportation of passengers and small loads to Campos and Basin – the sedimentary area already explored off the Brazil’s northeast coast. Running for four to five years, the contracts are predicted to start in the second half of this year and were awarded after a competitive tender held in August 2022.

To fulfil the contracts, CHC Brazil will operate five Leonardo AW139 helicopters from new bases located at Campos dos Goytacazes, and Bartolomeu Lisandro Airport and Eurico de Aguiar Salles Airport in Vitória.

CHC Brazil plans to grow its fleet to about 10 medium and large aircraft. The contract win will generate new jobs, raising the operator’s total number of employees in the country to about 280 employees.

Gilson Caputo, CHC’s director of Operations in Brazil said: “We are incredibly proud to have been chosen by Petrobras for this project in Campos and Vitória Basin. Supporting energy production is a core specialism of CHC and we are committed to growing our operations in Latin America over the coming years.”

CHC said it had long-term growth plans for Latin America and, in addition to operating in Brazil, also runs flights in Mexico. The company previously operated in Suriname, Uruguay and the Falkland Islands.

CHC Brazil’s parent company, CHC Helicopter provides helicopter support to the offshore energy market, search and rescue (SAR) and government departments. It also offers helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services through its Heli-One division.

Top and above: CHC Brazil will operate five Leonardo AW139 helicopters to fulfill the new contracts.