CHC PREDICTS INCREASE IN DEMAND FOR HELICOPTERS IN THE OIL AND GAS SECTOR AND PREPARES FOR THIS GROWTH

Sep 11, 2019

The projections for the future are encouraging for CHC. The company, which in Brazil provides services to Petrobras, Shell, Equinor and Enauta, is looking forward to the national oil and gas market, according to CHC Latin America Regional Director Carlos Madaleno. “We expect demand to increase in the region due to potential new investments from the National Petroleum Agency (ANP) bidding rounds, Petrobras divestment plan, IOC investments and others,” he said.

About a possible expansion of the helicopter fleet, Madaleno said that CHC will be able to grow as the market demands. “We believe that demand for helicopters will increase with the acquisition of new blocks from operators and we are preparing for this growth,” he added.

Could you name CHC’s main projects / contracts with the Brazilian oil and gas market?

CHC is the only offshore helicopter operator in Brazil that supports more than one International Oil Company (IOC) at the same time, having contracts with Shell and Equinor. In addition, CHC supports Enauta in its Atlanta field. Related to Petrobras, CHC has 11 contracted helicopters, divided into large and medium-sized aircraft, operating at the airports of Campos, Cabo Frio and Jacarepaguá. Other O&G companies and suppliers are supported through AdHoc flights (on demand).

How important is Brazil for the company’s operations?

 Brazil / Latin America is one of CHC’s three main regions, alongside Asia Pacific and Europe, and remains an important market for offshore O&G operations worldwide. Despite a challenging economy with an oversupply of aircraft, we expect demand to increase in the region due to potential new investments from ANP bidding rounds, Petrobras divestment plan, IOC investments and others. We look forward to engaging current and potential customers on how best to support these and other new opportunities at a level that enables safe and efficient transportation while investing in new technologies, safety advances and training.

How does CHC intend to grow even more within Brazil and the national oil and gas market?

 CHC aims to keep up with the growing market that will require helicopter transportation with future new offshore projects. As a global company, our global safety standards and procedures will always be at the forefront of our operations, so we need to grow sustainably. We are at the forefront of our industry. This enables us to bring lessons learned, operational data, and technology evidence from a variety of operations and environments to shape our Brazilian operations in real time.

 Could you detail us about the current fleet of the company?

 Currently, in Brazil, CHC operates medium and large aircraft such as Sikorsky S-76C ++, Leonardo AW-139 and Sikorsky S-92A.

Are there any plans for fleet expansion? Or other important investments that can be cited?

We are able to grow as the market demands. All major types of offshore helicopters are already operated by CHC somewhere in our global operations – from models known as the S-92 and AW139 to new super mid-size aircraft like the AW189 and Airbus H175. We are able to work with lessors and OEMS according to our global knowledge, allowing the introduction of any required fleet in the country if required. We align our fleet with our business needs and look forward to working with customers to make the necessary investments and plans to best meet their needs.

What are the prospects for future new business within the oil and gas industry?

 The O&G industry is totally excited about the upcoming pre-salt investments and we are no different. We are confident that we bring the best of strong global standards, investments in new technologies and safe and efficient operations and look forward to working with our customers to determine how we can not only provide added value but create a sustainable business model that enables us to invest in improvements. in key areas such as security and innovation.

We believe that demand for helicopters will increase with the acquisition of new blocks from operators and we are preparing for this growth.

Source: PetroNoticias interview

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