Equinor has awarded CHC Helikopter Service AS a contract for personnel transportation from Stavanger airport, Sola.
The contract will run from 1 July 2021 for a fixed period of 3 years and includes three yearly options. The total value of the contract with options is estimated at NOK 1 billion.
The contract covers crew change services with two Sikorsky S-92 helicopters, with a possibility to increase with one additional helicopter.
In connection with this procurement, Equinor and Vår Energi have entered into a cooperation agreement and will share capacity on one of the helicopters.
“We have good experience of cooperation with Vår Energi on joint procurement of helicopter services. The cooperation contributes to efficient use of helicopter capacity and increases flexibility for both companies. It also allows for better long-term planning from the service provider,” says Peggy Krantz-Underland, Equinor’s chief procurement officer.
For Equinor, the helicopters will be used in connection with crew change services in the southern part of the North Sea, serving the fields Johan Sverdrup, Gina Krog, Sleipner, Grane, Gudrun, Heimdal and Draupner, as well as drilling rigs in the area.
“Stavanger airport, Sola, is a cornerstone for our operations in the North Sea. About 50,000 passengers are annually transported from Sola to Equinor’s offshore installations and back. We look forward to cooperate with CHC and Vår Energi to deliver safe and efficient personnel transportation from Sola airport,” says Steinar Mathisen, responsible for aviation on the NCS for Equinor.
Rune Meinich-Bache, Aviation Advisor in Vår Energi, says, “We are pleased to be extending our partnership with Equinor, with whom we have had a similar, fruitful partnership in the Barents Sea for several years. The partnership covers our requirements for helicopter services in an effective manner, providing increased flexibility and a more efficient use of capacity. It also allows for better long-term planning by CHC Helicopter Service.”