5-Dec-2014 Source: CHC
A major investment by CHC Helicopter in its longtime base in Dyce, Aberdeen, will benefit offshore workers, the oil-and-gas companies for which they work, and CHC’s own people.
The multimillion-pound investment will transform CHC’s facilities and further raise its capabilities in Dyce by significantly expanding hangar capacity, creating a larger and more streamlined passenger terminal, and providing for a new operations centre.
CHC Aircraft Current Hangar In Dyce
Two of CHC Helicopter’s aircraft in the current hangar in Dyce, Aberdeen
The development will be delivered in two phases. The first phase will double the size of the existing hangar, creating a world-class, purpose-built facility in which CHC’s expert engineers can maintain more than 20 heavy aircraft. The new operations centre will bring together CHC’s pilots, engineers and technical and support staff to deliver services from a state-of-the-art environment. That work is planned to begin during the first half of calendar 2015.
In the second phase, expected to start the following year, CHC will redevelop its passenger terminal, improving the experience for offshore workers. The transformed two-storey terminal will include a new passenger lounge as well as dedicated space for CHC’s major oil-and-gas customers.
Mark Abbey, regional director for CHC West North Sea, said that the company is investing in people, its fleet and its facilities in Aberdeen, other U.K. locations and around the world.
“This increased financial commitment is part of a very broad, ongoing commitment in Aberdeen and to the people who rely on us,” said Mr. Abbey. “We are determined to not only respond to the needs of customers, but anticipate them, and to constantly enhance the experience of offshore workers.
“Customers are responding favourably to our improved tools, systems and processes, rewarding us with a number of major, long-term contracts this year. The expansion of our operations in Aberdeen is expected to broaden and extend that trend.”
Presently, CHC carries more than 140,000 people on over 9,000 flights a year from the Aberdeen base. CHC has more than 20 helicopters in Scotland serving the offshore oil-and-gas industry. Those helicopters are modified and maintained by CHC people to operate at the highest levels of performance and safety in the North Sea environment.
CHC, a helicopter-services leader across the North Sea region and around the globe, is the operating company of CHC Group (NYSE: HELI).
CHC Helicopter is a leader in enabling customers to go further, do more and come home safely, including oil and gas companies, government search-and-rescue agencies and organizations requiring helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services through the Heli-One segment. The company operates more than 230 aircraft in about 30 countries around the world.