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Ostend  – January  24th, 2019

The  NHV Group  today announced  a new contract with  Elia to provide helicopter  services in support of the construction  of a high voltage electricity grid in the  Belgian part of the North Sea. The operations  are expected to start in April 2019. Flights will  depart from NHV’s base in Ostend.

NHV  will support  this project utilizing  the H145 aircraft, the latest  Airbus Helicopter 4-tonne-class twin-engine  rotorcraft. With its high hoisting and hover  performance and small footprint, the H145 can  operate in performance class 1 conditions, while  its compact airframe can manoeuvre in confined offshore  environments.

The  Modular  Offshore Grid  (MOG) is the first  grid project of Elia  at sea and the first of  its kind in Belgium. The MOG  will group and connect the offshore  produced energy of four new wind farms  (Rentel, Seastar, Mermaid and Northwester 2),  so that it can be injected in the Belgian onshore  grid via fewer sea cables. It consists of an Offshore  Switchyard Platform (OSY), the transmissions systems on the  Rentel platform and three submarine power cables connecting the  platforms with the Stevin 380kV-substation in Zeebrugge. The MOG is  of strategic importance for Belgium’s further development of renewable  energy in the North Sea. The Modular Offshore Grid is scheduled to be  taken into use by the end of the third quarter of 2019.

NHV’s  base manager  Bram De Backer  commented: “We are  delighted to be contributing  to this pioneering project. Building on  the expertise and know-how demonstrated in  our other offshore operations, our goal is to  deliver a state-of-the-art and safe service to Elia  as they progress towards the MOG completion. We thank Elia  for their trust in NHV and we look forward to the start of our  operations together.”

This  contract  also fits  in NHV’s long-term  strategy to broaden its  range of services to the  energy market and to grow the renewables  service alongside the oil and gas service.   

NHV  Group

The  NHV group,  based in Ostend  Belgium, is specialized  in B-to-B helicopter services  and has a strong geographic presence in  Europe and Western Africa. The group conducts  operations out of several bases on 2 continents  with a team of over 550 employees. NHV’s main focus  is on the energy producing industry. The group has a  leading position in Europe as the only helicopter operator  that conducts operations in every oil producing country in the  region. The scope of work also includes: Helicopter Emergency Medical  Services (HEMS), Maritime Services, which include Search and Rescue (SAR),  offshore Wind Farms and Harbor Pilot Services. Vertech Offshore and Airlift are  two specialized companies within the NHV group who are leaders in their niche of  flare tip replacement and power grid construction and maintenance. Aside from the helicopter operations,  NHV is an approved training organization (ATO) and an official service center for our partner Airbus Helicopters. The  group has a multipurpose high value fleet of +60 helicopters. NHV’s majority shareholder is Ardian, the independent private  investment company with assets of US$50bn managed or advised in Europe, North America and Asia.