CHC Helicopter says it has won a five-year contract to provide flights in Western Australia’s Pilbara for four resources companies.
The contract covers passenger transfer, medical evacuation and search-and-rescue services for BHP, Jadestone Energy, Vermilion Energy and Woodside in WA’s North West Shelf and North West Cape out of Karratha, Learmonth and Onslow airports.
Two AW139 medium helicopters and two AW189 super helicopters will be used to service the contract that is due to commence in July 2019, CHC Helicopter said in a statement.
“CHC has provided services to customers in the North West Shelf since March 2011 and we are honoured to be part of this innovation in passenger transfer services in Australia,” CHC Helicopter president and chief executive Karl Fessenden said in a statement.
“I would like to thank Woodside and other operators in the region for putting their trust in CHC to deliver the largest shared aviation service model in Australia’s offshore oil and gas industry.”
CHC said the contract covered more than 10 daily flights, with about 100,000 passengers a year expected to be transported. Woodside was expected to utilise the majority of the flight capacity.
Further, the company said it would look to employ local staff where possible though Aboriginal employment and training initiatives, apprenticeship opportunities and other roles available for local communities.
Australian Aviation wrote about CHC Helicopter in the June 2018 edition of the magazine. The story can be read here.