Monday, June 1, 2015
Energy Firms Back New Offshore Training Center
CAE will develop a new simulator training center for Cougar Helicopters with backing from offshore oil and gas companies and a Canadian R&D incubator, according to the government of the Canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador. The province said the center’s simulator “will provide unprecedented realism for offshore facilities and local weather conditions, and will feature the first approved helicopter simulator with night vision capability in Canada.” The facility, which will also serve as a research center, will be developed with a $13 million (Canadian) investment from the Hibernia Management and Development Company and $3.3 million (Canadian) from the Research & Development Corp., based in the province. The R&D incubators funding called for the completion of five research projects. Hibernia Management and Development is a collaboration of ExxonMobil Canada, Chevron Canada Resources, Suncor, Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation, Murphy Oil, and Statoil Canada Ltd.; it manages the Hibernia oil field located in the Grand Banks, a series of underwater plateaus southeast of the province. The center, which will be built in St. John’s, the province’s capital, is expected to be operational next year.