Bristow Norway AS has now started a previously announced five-year contractfrom its Hammerfest base, under which the company is providing helicopter offshore crew change services and search and rescue (SAR) services to support Eni Norway and Equinor.
"We are very proud of the recognition we have received in securing this work in the Barents Sea," said Area Manager Norway Heidi Wulff Heimark. "This confirms that the work our employees do every day brings results. The contract is an important part of our efforts to become the leading operator of offshore helicopters in Norway and globally."
Bristow Norway has delivered helicopter services for Eni Norway and Equinor operations in the Barents Sea for the last nine years and is well established in Hammerfest. The necessary infrastructure and professional expertise required for operations in the Barents Sea region is already in place at the Hammerfest base.
Bristow will utilize an existing Sikorsky S-92 in oil and gas configuration to provide crew change services for offshore platforms, and an existing all-weather (AWSAR) SAR S-92 for the search and rescue work to significantly improve offshore safety and rescue capability. Both helicopters will be equipped to the latest Norwegian oil and gas standards, with integrated traffic alert and collision avoidance system (TCAS II), tail mounted cameras and Performance-Based Navigation (PBN). The AWSAR S-92 is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and fully certified for night vision goggles (NVG) operations, with forward looking infrared (FLIR), auto hover, twin-hoist, mission management with moving map and increased on-board medical capabilities. On short notice, the crew change helicopter can be reconfigured as a backup for the SAR helicopter with full AWSAR capability.
"The Barents Sea is clearly a priority area; the contract involves transport to and from the Goliat field and several future exploration operations for both Equinor and Eni Norway," said Heidi. "With this contract, Bristow Norway is well positioned for future exciting operations in the region, also with other oil companies.
"Bristow Norway thanks Equinor and Eni Norway for the trust they have shown us in giving us responsibility for helicopter services in the Barents Sea and we look forward to constructive long-term cooperation," said Heidi.