The NHV aviation services group has won a new contract with Ithaca Energy to provide helicopter services in support of the Aberdeen oil explorer’s upcoming drilling project at the Harrier Well in Block 30/6.
Flights are expected to start in Spring 2017 from NHV’s base in Aberdeen to the Harrier well, which is approximately 100 miles east of the Grampian coastline.
Belgian-based NHV operate the latest H175 aircraft, an Airbus Helicopter’s Super Medium type. The H175 is specifically designed to meet evolving mission needs in the oil and gas industry.
As the launch operator for this aircraft type, NHV’s H175s have accumulated extensive experience in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Ghana and Denmark since 2014. NHV Group ultimately will increase its fleet to 16 of these new-generation helicopters.
NHV started operating out of Aberdeen last year and announced the opening of a new hangar, apron and passenger handling facilities in October 2016.
A third H175 helicopter will now be allocated to the Aberdeen base, allowing NHV to deliver a service which is tailored to the new customer’s requirements.
Jamie John, base manager, commented: “The award of this contract and working with a new partner strengthens NHV’s presence in Aberdeen. We look forward to the beginning of what we believe will be a long and successful partnership with Ithaca”.