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At the end of 2020, while COVID was putting most of the world into lockdown, NHV was expanding with a new base in Blackpool and bringing the AW169 into the UK oil and gas market.
There is an energy-rich stretch of the Irish Sea that hosts several offshore platforms, providing the UK with oil and gas, and Blackpool has become the ideal base for NHV’s offshore helicopter operations. From our new base, NHV won the contract to provide passenger transfer services for Spirit Energy and later added ENI’s East Irish Sea operations.
Tom Freeman, base manager of Blackpool says, “2020 – 2021 was an interesting and challenging time to set up a new base and commence operations for our new clients. We are delighted that we managed to succeed and are going from strength to strength primarily due to our incredibly dedicated team who strive to deliver the best service for our clients.”
NHV is proud to have become the launch partner of the Leonardo AW169 aircraft in the UK oil and gas market, with the introduction of this latest helicopter type into our fleet. The AW169 was chosen as the optimal solution when performing the required services in the East Irish Sea, given the limitations of some of the offshore helidecks. This state-of-the-art aircraft is the latest generation twin-turbine helicopter, featuring class-leading performance and a versatile capability in the most demanding operating conditions.