Belgian based operator NHV have recently taken two Airbus H175 helicopters out to Western Africa, and will be operating them from Ghana. They will be based at Takoradi under contract to Tullow Oil, which has had interests in two exploration licences offshore Ghana since 2006. NHV now has two H175s based at Aberdeen in the UK, two at Den Helder in Netherlands and this pair in Ghana.
Following seismic acquisition and interpretation, Tullow and its partners drilled two successful exploration wells in 2007. The wells discovered the major Jubilee oil field in the Gulf of Guinea’s Tano Basin. Tullow’s second major discoveries and subsequent development in Ghana is the TEN field., and the Plan of Development for this field was approved by the government of Ghana in May 2013. At the end of April 2016, over 90% of the project was completed with first oil on track for July/August 2016. The newly arrived helicopters will no doubt be part of this expansion plan.
Airbus Helicopters took the opportunity of the ferry flight to introduce the H175 in West Africa. The manufacturer was pleased that how the aircraft performed in the very hot environments they experienced with demonstration flights at Abidjan in Ivory Coast and Lagos in Nigeria.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com
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