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Statoil awards helicopter contract to CHC Helicopter

Oilfield Technology,

Statoil (UK) Limited has awarded the helicopter transportation contract for the Mariner field to CHC Helicopter in the UK.

Helicopter operations

The contract requires CHC to operate two Sikorsky S-92 aircraft on behalf of Statoil. The helicopters will fly from Aberdeen or Sumburgh on the Shetland Isles to the Statoil operated Mariner field, 250 km off the northeastern coast of Scotland.

The contract is for a period of five years, with an extension option for up to three years. The service is anticipated to begin in mid-2016.

Effective transportation

Gunnar Breivik, Managing Director of Statoil Production UK, commented: “We are pleased to have entered into this contract, meeting our needs for safe and efficient transportation to the Mariner field, our first operated field development on the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS).

“We will have substantial offshore activity as the Mariner project enters the hook-up and commissioning phase in 2016 and production starts in 2017. We are also pleased with the flexibility in the contract, including options for servicing our exploration activity and possible expansion on the UKCS.”

Reliable service

CHC Helicopter Regional Director Mark Abbey said the award recognises the safe and reliable service that CHC has provided to Statoil over a number of years, from a number of locations around the world.

Abbey added: “We’re proud to partner with Statoil as they start up operations in the UK sector. Our pilots, engineers and support teams will be using their extensive experience of the North Sea environment to help Statoil to go further, do more in the Mariner field, and come home safely”.

Mariner field

Mariner is the largest field development on the UKCS in over 10 years, with a gross investment of over US$ 7 billion. Statoil is the operator of the field with 65.11% equity. Other partners include JX Nippon Exploration and Production (U.K.) Limited (28.89%) and Dyas UK Ltd. (6%).

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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