Northern Helicopter scores follow-up contract for German duo

In: Windfarms

Northern Helicopter GmbH has secured another contract to support the
Albatros and Hohe See offshore wind farms in the German exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the North Sea.

The follow-up contract with EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG started on 1st February 2021 and covers a term of four years, with the option of up to two one-year extensions.

Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) have already been provided by NHC Northern Helicopter for the offshore wind farm Hohe See since February 2018 and for Albatros since February 2019.

"We are pleased to continue our cooperation with NHC as a reliable and professional provider for HEMS in order to ensure fast and appropriate emergency medical care for our employees in the North Sea,"
Friedrich von Storch, Operations Manager Offshore Wind at EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, stated.

The offshore rescue helicopter is based in St. Peter-Ording and is operated 24/7.

"We set high standards for the safety of our customers, but also of our crews. These include optimally equipped offshore rescue helicopters for emergency situations and teams with above-average qualifications. In joint exercises with the technicians on the wind turbines, the necessary procedures for emergencies are regularly trained,"
said  Christian Müller-Ramcke, Managing Director of Northern Helicopter GmbH.

In 2020, the rescue helicopter crews in the North Sea and Baltic Sea completed 254 training hours for winch maneuvers on wind turbines, platforms, and vessels. A total of 1,146 flight hours were reported for the past year for offshore rescue missions, exercises, and other rescue missions.

The 497 MW
Hohe See and 112 MW Albatros offshore wind farms are located roughly 100 km off the coast of Germany. The two projects combined are expected to supply around 710,000 households annually. The arrays feature Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy's SWT-7.0-154 turbines which have been mounted on monopile foundations. Both projects were developed by EnBW.

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