Image courtesy of CHC Helikopter Service.

CHC Helicopters is reportedly cutting jobs after losing a contract with Norway’s Statoil.

According to a local media report seen by Energy Voice, the helicopter operator expects to cut about 100 jobs tied to its Bergen, Norway base after losing a long-term contract with Statoil.

According to a local newspaper report seen by Rigzone, CHC may also shut down its Bergen base.

Some employees may be offered positions at other company’s bases but job cuts are still anticipated, Energy Voice added.

Neither Statoil nor CHC have commented on the reports.

The reports follow a lethal helicopter crash in offshore Norway last year that killed 13 people.

The Super Puma helicopter crashed in May while transporting workers from Statoil’s Gulfalk’s B platform to Bergen.

The Super Puma involved in the accident was operated by CHC Helicopters.

CHC said days after the accident that the Accident Investigation Branch Norway (AIBN) belives the helicopter “suffered in-flight separation of the main rotor hub from the main gearbox.”

A temporary flight ban on commercial Super Puma flights implemented by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) was lifted in October.

The EASA added that all main gearboxes that have suffered “unusual events” will be taken out of service.

Statoil spokesman Morten Eek told Reuters last month that Statoil has no plans use Super Puma helicopters moving forward .

Eek added that the company will not use the aircraft even a ban ordered by the Norwegian Aviation Authority is lifted.

Unions representing offshore Norway works have called on regulators to keep bans on Super Puma EC225LP and AS332L2 helicopters in place.


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