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Monday, September 1, 2008

Rotorcraft Report: Bond Offshore Adds EC225s for New Contracts


Bond Offshore Helicopters is introducing three new-technology Eurocopter EC225s to its fleet in a continuing investment program, which also includes staff and facilities, in support of new contracts worth almost £240 million ($447 million).

The contracts include two new clients, ConocoPhillips (U.K.) and Maersk Contractors UK, and an amendment to an existing contract with BP Exploration.

Bond began operating two new EC225s in August on crew change flights for BP in the North Sea and west of Shetland.

Bond Offshore Helicopters’, Managing Director, Bill Munro, said: "With their enhanced specification, range and operational efficiency, the EC225s are particularly suited to long-range flights servicing BP’s activities east and west of Shetland. The capability to fly direct from Aberdeen, with no need to refuel en route, avoids potential delays if, for example, Shetland is fogbound."

Bond will operate a third EC225 under a five-year contract with ConocoPhillips for services in the central North Sea. Two Super Puma AS332L Mark 2s, released from the contract with BP, will be used in support of various clients, including Maersk Contractors UK, on behalf of North Sea Production Co, for which Bond began operating in June under a five-year contract servicing the McCulloch Field northeast of Aberdeen.

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