Windfarms

Babcock lose UK wind farm contract

Babcock lose UK wind farm contract

14-Jun-2021Source: HeliHub.com

Babcock have lost their remaining UK wind farm contract – supporting the Walney projects off the Cumbrian coast.  Operating for Danish company Ørsted, previously known as Dong Energy, the British operator had purchased a new 135T3 and upgraded an older 135T2 for the work. The five year contract started in April 2018 and was thus... Read more

US proposes competitive leases for offshore wind development for New York and New Jersey

US proposes competitive leases for offshore wind development for New York and New Jersey

14-Jun-2021Source: US Dept Interior

This announcement by the US Dept of the Interior looks good news for the helicopter industry.  Historically, US has done very little in offshore wind farm development, but with this announcement and the Gulf of Mexico statement earlier this week, we are heading in a positive direction. Ed In support of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal of... Read more

US to explore offshore wind potential in the Gulf of Mexico

US to explore offshore wind potential in the Gulf of Mexico

8-Jun-2021Source: US Dept Interior

The Department of the Interior today announced its intent to assess potential opportunities to advance clean energy development on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This significant milestone is part of the Biden-Harris administration’s goal to create thousands of jobs through the deployment of 30 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind by 2030. “The Interior... Read more

G+ and HeliOffshore collaborate on helicopter operations for wind farms

G+ and HeliOffshore collaborate on helicopter operations for wind farms

5-Mar-2021Source: G+

With helicopter use growing in the offshore wind industry, the G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation and HeliOffshore have today unveiled new recommended practice for safe helicopter operations Offshore wind is one of the fastest-growing energy technologies. As wind farms have multiplied, with an increasing number being built further offshore, helicopters have become... Read more

NHC Northern Helicopter extends wind farm EMS contract

NHC Northern Helicopter extends wind farm EMS contract

18-Feb-2021Source: Northern Helicopter GmbH

Northern Helicopter GmbH will continue to be responsible for offshore rescue in the offshore wind farms Albatros and Hohe See in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the North Sea. The follow-up contract with EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG started on February 1, 2021 and covers a term of four years with the option of... Read more

CHC wins another UK offshore windfarm contract

CHC wins another UK offshore windfarm contract

26-Jan-2021Source: CHC

CHC Helicopter has been awarded a contract to provide helicopter services by Vestas, for three offshore wind energy projects in the northern and southern North Sea. Flying out of Aberdeen and Humberside, a combination of Sikorsky S-92 and Leonardo AW139 aircraft will be used to support the projects. CHC, a world leader in helicopter transportation... Read more

Wiking takes delivery of latest AW139

Wiking takes delivery of latest AW139

17-Dec-2020Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced that WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH has taken delivery of a new AW139 7-tonne intermediate twin engine helicopter from Leonardo’s Vergiate facility, further expanding an existing fleet of three aircraft. The helicopter will be used to carry out offshore transport missions supporting energy industry operations in Northern Europe. WIKING has been an offshore transport... Read more

Two German wind farm contracts for Wiking

Two German wind farm contracts for Wiking

16-Nov-2020Source: offshoreWIND.biz

In the last two weeks, Wiking Helikopter Service has signed a multi-year contract with TenneT and a contract extension with Deutsche Windtechnik, both of which will see the company providing offshore helicopter services for projects in the German part of the North Sea. See Full Story. ... Read more

Airbus Helicopters and HTM-Helicopters sign contract

Airbus Helicopters and HTM-Helicopters sign contract

23-Sep-2020Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters and HTM-Helicopters have signed a contract for the purchase of two additional H145 helicopters. HTM will be the first operator to use the new five-bladed H145 in the Offshore Wind segment. “We thank HTM for their continued trust in Airbus Helicopters and our products”, says Thomas Hein, Head of Sales Western Europe at... Read more

LCI and Sumitomo to establish JV helicopter leasing business

LCI and Sumitomo to establish JV helicopter leasing business

23-Sep-2020Source: LCI

LCI, a leading helicopter lessor and the aviation division of the Libra Group, and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL) have agreed to establish and operate a joint venture helicopter leasing business. The vehicle has launched with the initial acquisition of 19 next generation helicopters with a value of US$230 million. SMFL and... Read more

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

CHC and UniFly extend Hornsea wind farm support contract

6-Jul-2020Source: Ørsted

World leader in offshore wind, Ørsted have today confirmed that CHC Helicopter has been awarded the contract for aerial transportation during the construction and operations phases of its Hornsea Two offshore wind farm. CHC will continue to work with UniFly to deliver flight operations for Hornsea One, covering the construction phase as well as the... Read more

Ørsted places contract for Barrow windfarm heliport

Ørsted places contract for Barrow windfarm heliport

12-Feb-2019Source: HeliHub.com

Jones Bros Civil Engineering UK won the £1.8 million contract from Ørsted for the design and construction of a heliport. The heliport will be in Barrow-in-Furness, which will help helicopters travel to and from the Walney Extension off-shore wind farm. The heliport will include an aviation fueling system which will hold up to 15,000 litres... Read more

Eemshaven heliport wins approval for windfarm support flights

Eemshaven heliport wins approval for windfarm support flights

19-Dec-2018Source: HeliHub.com

The approval of a new heliport in the Netherlands at Eemshaven is in place following contract signatures on 18th December. Groningen Seaports owns the infrastructure that is needed for the functioning of the heliport, the official opening of which is scheduled for summer 2019. The approvals specify a maximum of 15 return flights per day. The... Read more

Speculative Scottish windfarm heliport plans approved

Speculative Scottish windfarm heliport plans approved

9-Nov-2018Source: Eyemouth Harbour

Eyemouth Harbour Trust have recently secured planning permission for the construction of a helicopter access facility adjacent to Eyemouth Harbour. EHT were supported throughout the process by EHT’s agent for the application, Young Planning & Energy Consenting and environmental consultant, ITP Energised. The plans originally submitted in October 2017, comprising two helipads, hangar, office and... Read more

Airbus focuses on the wind turbine growth market

Airbus focuses on the wind turbine growth market

24-Sep-2018Source: Airbus Helicopters

Airbus Helicopters views the support for wind farms as a business segment that is undergoing global growth and expects demand for up to a thousand helicopters over the coming two decades, corresponding to revenues of approximately €9 billion. Airbus Helicopters will present its supply, maintenance and crew transport solutions at the WindEnergy expo, which will... Read more

Wiking commences UK windfarm operations with H145

Wiking commences UK windfarm operations with H145

12-Jan-2018Source: HeliHub.com

Turkish-owned German-based operator Wiking Helikopter Service has started its wind farm support contract in the UK.  Airbus H145 D-HOAE has been ferried from Emden in Germany across the North Sea to Norwich on 7th January.  Later the same day it positioned to its new base at Great Oakley Airfield, near Harwich. Wiking Helikopter Service will... Read more

Northern HeliCopter wins six year wind farm contract

Northern HeliCopter wins six year wind farm contract

9-Nov-2017Source: HeliHub.com

German operator Northern HeliCopter has won a six year contract in support of the Wikinger offshore wind farm.  The installation is 75km off the Island of Rügen, and will consist of 70 Adwen 5MW turbines and one offshore substation with a helideck.  Spanish owned engergy company Iberdrola is investing €1.4 billion to construct Wikinger, the company’s first... Read more

Turkish-owned German-based operator wins British wind farm contract

Turkish-owned German-based operator wins British wind farm contract

6-Oct-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Wiking Helikopter Service has been awarded a contract by Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to provide helicopter services in support of the Galloper offshore wind farm. Wiking will fly an Airbus H145 technicians of Siemens to and from the offshore wind farm.  The 336MW Galloper offshore wind farm is located 30 kilometres off the coast of... Read more

Denmark – Uni-Fly order two AW169s for wind farm support

Denmark – Uni-Fly order two AW169s for wind farm support

5-Oct-2017Source: Leonardo

Leonardo announced today the signing of a contract with Uni-Fly A/S of Denmark for two AgustaWestland AW169 light intermediate twin engine helicopters. The aircraft will enter service in the first quarter of 2018 to perform wind farm support operations for DONG Energy at Hornsea Project One, in the North Sea, 120km offshore from Humberside, UK.... Read more

11 year North Sea windfarm contract placed for UK-based AW139 and AW169s

11 year North Sea windfarm contract placed for UK-based AW139 and AW169s

22-Sep-2017Source: CHC

CHC Group has signed a contract with DONG Energy to provide aviation services for the first phase of DONG Energy’s Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm. Hornsea Project One will be the biggest windfarm in the world, capable of supplying clean electricity to well over one million homes. It will be built 120km off the... Read more

Den Helder Airport adapts to enable more helicopter usage

Den Helder Airport adapts to enable more helicopter usage

23-Aug-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Den Helder Airport will soon be revealing their new hub-and-spoke infrastructure. This will allow helicopters to have various take-off and landing sites or “helispots” along the Dutch coast. This new infrastructure will help with helicopter flights to the North Sea offshore wind farms and the affordability of them, reports Offshore Wind.... Read more

24 month approval given for UK windfarm heliport

24 month approval given for UK windfarm heliport

22-Aug-2017Source: HeliHub.com

A temporary helipad at Great Oakley Airfield, to be used to ferry offshore wind farm workers, has been given approval for 24-months despite much controversy. The 24-month period is to give the Tendring Council’s planning committee more time to decide whether to allow Galloper Offshore Wind Ltd a permanent base at the Harwich International Port.... Read more

Areva Wind awarded patent for Wind power installation with helicopter hoisting platform

Areva Wind awarded patent for Wind power installation with helicopter hoisting platform

9-Jul-2017Source: USPTO

A wind power installation includes a helicopter hoisting platform configured to be arranged on top of a nacelle of a wind driven power plant. The nacelle and the helicopter platform are configured such that a bottom surface of the helicopter hoisting platform is below a top surface of the nacelle. See full details... Read more

Tender Issued for EMS Helicopter to Support Baltic Wind Farms

Tender Issued for EMS Helicopter to Support Baltic Wind Farms

24-Apr-2017Source: HeliHub.com

A tender has been issued for a three-year contract for an EMS helicopter, including aeronautical and medical crew, for 50Hertz Transmission GmbH and three offshore wind developers in the Baltic Sea. This helicopter will be used for emergency rescues of employees on the wind turbines and offshore platforms at Iberdrola’s Wikinger, E.ON’s Arkona and EnBW’s... Read more

CHC announces New Contract with Siemens Wind Power GmbH

CHC announces New Contract with Siemens Wind Power GmbH

19-Jan-2017Source: CHC

CHC Group (OTC PINK: HELIQ) (the “Company” or “CHC”) today announced a new contract with Siemens Wind Power GmbH to provide helicopter services in support of the construction of the Veja Mate offshore wind farm currently under construction in the German North Sea. “We are excited to work with Siemens to support this landmark project,”... Read more

Northern HeliCopter to Work at Merkur Offshore Wind Farm

Northern HeliCopter to Work at Merkur Offshore Wind Farm

17-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Northern HeliCopter (NHC) has entered into a contract with GeoSea to provide medical services to the Merkur offshore wind farm in the German Bight during their commissioning and installation phase. They will provide offshore paramedics for the installation vessels as well as providing telemedicine services. The wind farm is hoped to be done by 2018... Read more

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore orders two H135s for UK windfarm contract

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore orders two H135s for UK windfarm contract

13-Jan-2017Source: HeliHub.com

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore has won a contract from windfarm operator Dong Energy for helicopter support. This has resulted in an order for Airbus Helicopters for two Turbomeca-powered H135s, which will be fitted with a hoist. The aircraft will support the 660 MegaWatt Walney Extension wind farm in the Irish Sea between Britain’s Lancashire... Read more

Airbus H145 delivered to Wiking Helikopter

Airbus H145 delivered to Wiking Helikopter

9-Dec-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Wiking Helikopter has just received their first H145 Airbus helicopter, one of two. The two helicopters are the first ones ordered in offshore configuration. The second H145 will be delivered in October 2017, reports Eban Magazine. The new helicopters will be used for recuse missions in the North Sea area, transporting harbour pilots and technicians... Read more

Helicopter Travel Munich buys H145 for wind farm work

Helicopter Travel Munich buys H145 for wind farm work

17-Oct-2016Source: Airbus Helicopters

Leading global helicopter offshore hoist operator Helicopter Travel Munich (HTM) has signed for one H145 today at Helitech International. The new aircraft – to be delivered in December 2017- will be operated from HTM’s bases at Emden, Norden, Borkum and Helgoland, serving offshore windfarms in the German Bight. The H145 joins HTM’s already-extensive inventory of... Read more

Babcock expands into new helicopter engineering facility

Babcock expands into new helicopter engineering facility

12-Sep-2016Source: Babcock

Babcock Mission Critical Services Onshore has acquired a 20,000 sq ft hangar at Gloucestershire Airport as a base for its growing helicopter maintenance, repair, overhaul and installations operations. The new facility – located very close to the company’s existing  Staverton headquarters – will become a major new engineering base for the company. Tim Shattock, Managing... Read more

Wiking orders two H145s for offshore operations

Wiking orders two H145s for offshore operations

1-Jun-2016Source: Airbus

Airbus Helicopters and WIKING Helikopter Service have today signed a contract at the ILA show in Berlin for two H145s in offshore configuration, making them the first Airbus Helicopters products to be added to their WIKING Helikopter Service GmbH’s fleet. The delivery of the first H145 is scheduled for the end of the year. Both... Read more

Babcock wins German-based windfarm support contract

Babcock wins German-based windfarm support contract

9-May-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Babcock MCS has won a new contract to fly windfarm workers from Emden in Germany – via its Northern HeliCopter (NHC) subsidiary which it acquired as part of its recent purchase of Heli Aviation. The contract with Global Tech I Offshore Wind GmbH and Windea Offshore GmbH calls for weekly flights every Friday to support... Read more

Babcock wins wind farm support work from Siemens

Babcock wins wind farm support work from Siemens

29-Apr-2016Source: HeliHub.com

Siemens has received a major order for its offshore wind power business – to supply, install and commission a total of 102 wind turbines, each with a capacity of seven megawatts and a rotor diameter of 154 meters.  This falls under the East Anglia ONE project, for which the customer is ScottishPower Renewables, and is... Read more

UK wind farm operator centralises helicopter and vessel monitoring

UK wind farm operator centralises helicopter and vessel monitoring

8-Apr-2016Source: SeaPlanner

In a contract awarded by DONG Energy (DE), SeaPlanner was confirmed as the system provider for their Marine and Helicopter Coordination Centre (MHCC), acting as a centralised hub for their UK offshore wind farm construction and a number of regional Operations MHCCs. The MHCC project utilises SeaPlanner’s latest enhancements that set out to centralise, standardise,... Read more

Helicopters may play growing role in offshore windfarms

Helicopters may play growing role in offshore windfarms

15-Mar-2016Source: Offshore Wind Journal

Analyst Douglas-Westwood expects that as offshore windfarms move further offshore greater use will be made of helicopters to transfer turbine technicians.  See full story Image – Wikipedia Commons... Read more

Airbus demonstrates H145 in offshore roles

Airbus demonstrates H145 in offshore roles

5-Feb-2016Source: Airbus Helicopters

The twin-engine multipurpose helicopter H145 has successfully proved its operational capabilities for challenging offshore missions. During a two-day flight trial in late January the established offshore operators Wiking Helikopter Service GmbH and HTM Offshore were able to test the H145 in all the relevant fields of offshore operations. Both aviation companies collaborate closely to offer... Read more

Helitech session to examine offshore wind farm opportunities

Helitech session to examine offshore wind farm opportunities

29-Sep-2015Source: Helitech

In the first half of 2015 the European offshore wind industry installed more new capacity than in any other year according to the European Wind Energy Association. The future development of this fast growing sector, together with the challenges and opportunities it presents to the rotorcraft industry, are the subject of a new Focus On... Read more

HTM takes delivery of first H135 in wind farm support

HTM takes delivery of first H135 in wind farm support

31-Jul-2015Source: Airbus

The first H135 configured for offshore hoisting duties has been delivered to HTM Helicopter Travel Munich GmbH, marking a new milestone for the enhanced version of Airbus Helicopters’ lightweight rotorcraft previously known as the EC135 T3. The H135 is well adapted to the full range of offshore operations, benefitting from the helicopter’s excellent performance, especially... Read more

LCI to lease second new AgustaWestland AW139 to HeliService

LCI to lease second new AgustaWestland AW139 to HeliService

6-Mar-2015Source: LCI Helicopters

LCI Helicopters, the helicopter leasing arm of the Libra Group, has entered into an agreement to lease a second new AgustaWestland AW139 to HeliService international, a leading provider of offshore services in the North Sea and Baltic regions, as it continues with its expansion plans. The new aircraft will be delivered in March and will... Read more

Uni-Fly wins UK windfarm contract with Dong Energy

Uni-Fly wins UK windfarm contract with Dong Energy

23-Jan-2015Source: HeliHub.com

Danish operator Uni-Fly has recently started a new wind farm support contract using a Danish registered Airbus EC135.  This is the second wind farm support helicopter based in the UK, and sees a hoist-fitted aircraft based at Humberside Airport.  The customer is Danish company Dong Energy, and this is the first time they have contracted... Read more

Indian Company Introduces Portable Helipads for Offshore Structures

Indian Company Introduces Portable Helipads for Offshore Structures

11-May-2014Source: Offshore Wind

According to 365Design, based in Hyderabad, India, the company has developed a new portable helipad applicable on offshore wind farms. See full story Image from Wikipedia Commons... Read more

Bond Air Services first in UK to provide helicopter support for wind farm maintenance

Bond Air Services first in UK to provide helicopter support for wind farm maintenance

8-Aug-2013Source: Bond Air Services

Bond provides helicopter support to deliver maintenance technicians by hoist to the wind farm’s 140 turbines – the first helicopter operation of its kind in the UK. The wind farm has a generation capacity of around 500MW, enough to power approximately 530,000 homes. The service uses a Eurocopter EC135T2i aircraft, operating seven days a week... Read more

Germany’s HTM wins framework agreement with Areva for wind turbine support

Germany’s HTM wins framework agreement with Areva for wind turbine support

21-Feb-2013

[electronic translation] On the occasion of the conference of the Federation of wind energy make AREVA Wind, HTM Helicopter, Global Tech I and Trianel before their recently subscribed declaration of cooperation for the service of North Sea offshore wind farms. The helicopter company Travel Munich (HTM) is transported in the future exclusively for the offshore... Read more

Three years later…. Bond starts to support offshore wind farm

Three years later…. Bond starts to support offshore wind farm

22-Oct-2012Source: Bond Air Services

HeliHub.com editor note – The EC135 was first shown at Helitech 2009 fully kitted out.  At Helitech 2011 we reported that the helicopter had not yet started offshore wind farm operations as expected two years prior, and a further year has now passed.  We are pleased to see this finally working on the contract it... Read more

UK windfarm EC135 has done no work in two years

UK windfarm EC135 has done no work in two years

28-Sep-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bond Air Services confirmed to HeliHub.com at the Helitech show that their windfarm Eurocopter EC135T2+ has still yet to carry out any missions.    Readers will likely remember it in the static park at Helitech in 2009, but Bond’s customer has decided not to start operations until the wind farm construction has been completely finished... Read more

Helitech conference to debate offshore wind farm challenges

Helitech conference to debate offshore wind farm challenges

21-Jul-2011Source: Helitech

Offshore wind farms are expected to make a significant contribution to European electricity demand over the next 40 years, according to a report being published this month by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). While onshore wind farms currently represent 96.5% of total installed wind energy capacity, the offshore wind sector is growing fast and... Read more

Acquisition #1 – Bond Aviation Group sold to INAER’s private equity owners

Acquisition #1 – Bond Aviation Group sold to INAER’s private equity owners

28-Mar-2011Source: HeliHub.com

Bond Aviation Group, the UK company encompassing the onshore operator Bond Air Service and its sister company Bond Offshore Helicopters, is set to be sold by Stephen and Peter Bond for a figure thought to be around £300 million (approx $480M).  The buyers are the two private equity groups that own Spanish operator INAER, which... Read more

Bristow becomes second UK offshore operator in wind-farm market

Bristow becomes second UK offshore operator in wind-farm market

22-Oct-2010Source: Bristow Helicopters

[HeilHub.com editor note – we are running the Bristow press release verbatim below. However, we note their careful wording “the first global helicopter operator” when there is already another UK helicopter operator in this marketplace. Bond already fly an EC135 out of Lowestoft in support of the Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm. Press release follows…]... Read more

German operator Heliservice adds S76B to support offshore wind farms

German operator Heliservice adds S76B to support offshore wind farms

16-Sep-2010

On the occasion of the Husum Wind Energy Fair, we would like to announce that the Heliservices International GmbH, has acquired a view to improving its service offering to supply the offshore wind farms, another helicopter, namely, a Sikorsky S76B,. With a transport capacity of 12 passengers and a maximum takeoff weight of 5307 kg... Read more

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