The terms reflect the current market situation, which has led to Statoil reducing its activity offshore Norway.
By combining the new contracts with its current helicopter portfolio (CHC Helikopter Service is the company’s other supplier), Statoil will have five permanent personnel transportation aircraft in Bergen and one in Florø from May 2017, with flexibility to increase capacity when needed.
The company is also seeking to cooperate with other operators in Florø on helicopter services.
Chief procurement officer Jon Arnt Jacobsen said: “Since 2013 we have seen the number of passengers to the Norwegian continental shelf drop by 30%.”
The helicopters to be used from May 2017 are S-92, mainly for transportation services, and H225, mainly for search and rescue.
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