Ørsted has confirmed that CHC Helicopter has been awarded a contract for transportation services during the construction and operations phases of its Hornsea Two offshore windfarm
CHC will continue to work with UniFly to deliver flight operations for Hornsea One, covering the construction phase as well as the first five years of operations and maintenance of the windfarm, while beginning flights for Hornsea Two.
A combination of Leonardo AW139 and AW169 helicopters based at Humberside Airport in Lincolnshire will be utilised for crew transfers and cargo flights to both the offshore accommodation jack-up barge and installation vessels throughout the 18-month offshore construction phase of what will become the world’s largest offshore windfarm.
CHC and Ørsted will also expand their current contract for helicopter transport and technician hoisting at the Hornsea One windfarm during the site’s operational phase, including the neighbouring Hornsea Two site once it is in operation.
CHC already has an established helicopter terminal and personnel handling facility located at Humberside airport, adjacent to the Hornsea Two onshore construction site, which was officially opened last year.
Ørsted senior manager construction Jason Ledden said, “We are continually adapting and improving the way we work as we construct our sustainable offshore projects while the safety of our personnel remains of paramount importance to us.
“Having provided heli-services for Hornsea One offshore windfarm during its construction phase, CHC have a proven track record in this area and as such, we are pleased to work alongside partners who share our attitude towards safety and collaboration.”
In the coming months, it is expected that Ørsted will benefit from a dedicated AW139 helicopter which will provide daily flights for transferring crew.
Located 89 km from the Yorkshire coast, Hornsea Two will be made up of 165 8-MW Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy wind turbines which will be spread across a 462 km2 area.
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