30 May 2014
Oil and gas companies working off the cost of Brazil will benefit from even greater capabilities and capacity after CHC Helicopter´s Brazil unit this week opened a new, much larger hangar for its existing offshore flying operations in Cabo Frio.
BHS (Brazilian Helicopter Services Táxi Aéreo) is a subsidiary of CHC, a leader in helicopter services and the operating company of CHC Group Ltd. (NYSE: HELI).
The 6,500-square-meter (about 70,000-square-foot) hangar includes significantly expanded facilities for BHS customers and passengers, meets expected long-term needs for aircraft capacity, and allows for advanced maintenance operations. Tomas Salazar, regional director for CHC Americas, said that the Cabo Frio facility incorporates CHC´s best tools, systems and processes from Brazil and around the world.
According to Ricardo Maltez, general manager of BHS business operations, the base in Cabo Frio is strategically important to the offshore oil-and-gas industry and, in turn, to BHS. The location is in the Campos Basin, a region that is responsible for more than 80 percent of Brazil´s oil production.
Cabo Frio is one of three BHS bases in the country. The others are also in Rio de Janeiro territory one in Macaé and another in Farol de São Tomé, where a private heliport supports Petrobras, BHS´s largest customer in Brazil.
CHC Helicopter is a leader in enabling customers to go further, do more and come home safely, including oil and gas companies, government search-and-rescue agencies and organizations requiring helicopter maintenance, repair and overhaul services through the Heli-One segment. The company operates about 240 aircraft in approximately 30 countries around the world.