Staff from Crown corporation took in EC225 briefing
Count one more on the list of companies and industry agencies that took in a briefing and free flight on Eurocopter Canada’s ECC225 Super Puma helicopter in St. John’s this week.
A Eurocopter ECC225 lands at St. John’s International Airport during a demonstration in the city for the oil and gas industry this week. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram
Nalcor Energy is always encouraged when vendors come to Newfoundland and Labrador to demonstrate their leading edge technologies to our offshore industry,” said Jim Keating, Nalcor Energy vice-president, in a statement provided in response to questions Thursday.
Keating opted not to comment on the EC225 Super Puma as an option for offshore transports in Newfoundland, given the Super Puma’s 30-minute run-dry feature on its main gearbox.
“Nalcor’s offshore partners have commenced a competitive bidding process for helicopter services, therefore it is not appropriate for Nalcor to comment until this process is completed,” he stated.
The oil companies in question — ExxonMobil, Hibernia Management and Development Co., Husky and Suncor — are expected to decide on who will be awarded their helicopter contract in the first half of 2014.
Meanwhile, in the House of Assembly, NDP Leader Lorraine Michael asked if the provincial government would be putting its two cents on the choice of service aircraft, assuring the safety option is chosen.
Natural Resources Minister Derrick Dalley responded by highlighting Transport Canada and the CNLOPB as the relevant regulatory bodies, adding the helicopter services contract is a private contract and the provincial government will not be interfering with a private service contract.