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Statoil Awards Bristow Norway Contract for Three New Helicopters

Statoil logo Statoil has awarded Bristow Norway a 10-year contract for three helicopters to fly from Flesland heliport in Bergen from 2012.

Taking effect on 15 January 2012, the contract involves the use of three brand-new Sikorsky S92 helicopters, in addition to a new hangar and office facilities at Flesland.

The contract has a value of more than NOK 2 billion.

"Statoil is thus secured helicopter capacity for a long time," says Kjell Kristoffersen, vice president of the operations and maintenance unit in Statoil. "This long-term agreement ensured good competition as several helicopter companies participated in the tendering process."

Replacing the helicopter fleet to the latest generation of helicopters fitted with the latest in safety equipment, is a harmonised strategy on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS).

"This contract has ensured that we are nearing our goal of replacing our entire helicopter fleet with the very latest in tested helicopter technology," says Hans Jakob Hegge, head of Statoil's operational development unit. "The transition to new technology is one of the most important measures to improve helicopter safety."

Statoil has flights from six helicopter bases along the Norwegian coast. The Bergen base is the largest and the only location with two helicopter contracts.

Two helicopter companies are currently contracted by Statoil on the NCS, Bristow Norway and CHC Norway. From 2012 Bristow Norway will fly Statoil personnel from Sola, Bergen and Hammerfest, while CHC Norway will fly from Bergen, Florø, Kristiansund and Brønnøysund.

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Statoil (OSE: STL, NYSE: STO) is an international energy company headquartered in Norway. It has more than 35 years of experience from oil and gas production on the Norwegian continental shelf and has currently operations in 40 countries. Statoil is among the world's largest offshore oil and gas operators and is seen as a leader in technology and resource management. Statoil has 29,000 employees worldwide, and is listed on the New York and Oslo stock exchanges with a market capitalisation of approximately USD 70 billion. Equity production in 2009 was 1,962 000 boepd and booked reserves of oil and gas is reported at 5.4 billion barrels.

Published 30/08/2010

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