Total acts to prevent guano build-up on platforms

Offshore staff

DELFT, the Netherlands – Bird Control Group and CHC Helicopter have teamed up with Total E&P Nederland to develop and install an automated bird-repelling laser and sound system in the Dutch North Sea.

Jack van Sligter, Helideck Inspector at CHC Helicopter, said: “The UK CAP437 and ICAO regulations mandate a clear visibility of navigation marks and lights. Guano can obscure these markings.”

The Aerolaser Helipad is an automated device that combines laser and sound to keep birds at distance from helidecks on offshore installations. The goal is to prevent build-up of guano.

According to Bird Control Group, the technology is supported by the World Wildlife Fund. Total is working with the company to install the bird scaring system at three other locations.

A UK Civil Aviation Authority report on guano build-up and its impact on offshore helicopter operations found that in some cases 90% coverage of an installation. The annual cost of cleaning a helideck of guano is said to be around EUR 100,000 ($106,000) per platform.


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