Humberside lands Hornsea Project One helicopter deal with CHC Group

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 20 Sep 2017

CHC Group has signed a contract with Dong Energy to provide aviation services from Humberside Airport for the first phase of Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm.

Helicopters are playing a bigger role in the transportation of people and equipment, having been first used in the UK on Westermost Rough. 

Hornsea Project One, which will be the biggest wind farm in the world, will follow that lead, together with new generation vessels that allow technicians to walk to work.

CHC, with a European head office in Aberdeen, is a leading provider in the oil and gas industry. Working with Uni-Fly as a sub-contractor, CHC will deliver the six-year deal covering the construction phase as well as the first five years of operations and maintenance, again controlled out of Grimsby.

Uni-Fly has served Westermost Rough.

The contract includes a transfer service to take people from shore to the wind farm, and also smaller helicopters to transfer people and tools between the turbines and substations.

A combination of Leonardo AW139 and AW169 helicopters, to suit the different phases of the project, will begin flying out of Humberside's heliport from April next year.

Both the services and operations for this contract will be based from Kirmington, contributing to the expansion and development of the service base and surrounding area.

Duncan Clark, senior programme director at Dong Energy said: “Hornsea Project One will be the first wind farm with a capacity over 1GW, dwarfing the current largest, London Array at 630MW. The great distance from shore means we have to do things differently for Hornsea Project One, we can no longer use crew transfer vessels to take people to and from the wind farm each day.

“As wind farms get bigger, and further out to sea, we are seeing many companies deploy their services expertise from oil and gas into the growing renewables sector. CHC have decades of experience and we look forward to working with them.”

CHC’s regional director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Mark Abbey said: “I am delighted that Dong Energy has selected CHC and Uni-Fly as their aviation partners for this landmark project. This project allows us to build on our capabilities and experience.

“We have continued to invest in equipment and training to take on unique projects just like this one and are eager to show how our business and technical skills can support this mission. This also helps drive CHC’s long-term strategy to broaden our range of services to the energy market and continue to grow our renewables service alongside our oil and gas, and search and rescue service.”

MORE: How securing helicopter operations won Dong Energy's first marine co-ordinator a UK accolade

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