A Eurocopter EC225, operated by CHC for Statoil from the Deepsea Bergen drilling rig to Kristiansund, made a controlled emergency landing at another Norwegian sea platform, Åsgard B, on January 12. The pilots had been alerted to a pressure loss in the left hydraulic system. The helicopter remained in motion after landing due to the lack of wheel braking power but was stabilized. The 19 passengers evacuated through the emergency exit.
Bristow Group extended an existing North Sea contract with the Integrated Aviation Consortium for six Sikorsky S-92s and inked a new deal covering four more S-92s in Norway with Statoil. The deals are worth more than $1.3 billion.
A 16-month, $16 million (including options) contract to service new Statoil Snøehvit production platforms in the Barents Sea has been awarded to Norsk Helikopter.
Services will begin in October, with Norsk providing one de-iced Super Puma to carry passengers and a SAR-equipped Super Puma Mk 2 on 24-hour offshore search-and-rescue standby. Both helicopters will be based at Hammerfest, in northern Norway.