Emden, 5 October 2017

Emden-based Northern HeliCopter GmbH (NHC) has won a contract to serve Iberdrola with helicopter flights to the Wikinger project.

Iberdrola, the world’s market leader in the field of production wind power and one of the most important energy supplies in the world, awarded a six year contract for flights to the Wikinger project. Wikinger will be the first offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea on NHC’s track record. NHC, market leader for air rescue services in the offshore wind sector in the German North Sea, widened its service portfolio by transport flights early 2016. Now, Iberdrola follows several customers by trusting the expertise of NHC.

Flights will be executed on a call-off basis which allows Iberdrola to act as most flexible as necessary. Ground handling and safety induction for up to 10 PAX per flight will be in the scope of NHC as well and take place at the airport of Güttin.

Beside the dedicated rescue helicopters, NHC operates a fleet of 3 Airbus H155 helicopters for providing transport flights. “This helicopter type is perfectly engineered for long distance flights.” said Frank Zabell, Managing Director of NHC “The 155’s high cruise speed of 150 mph helps us to reduce the total flight costs for our clients. This is especially for Iberdrola very important since we have to transfer the helicopter from our headquarter Emden to Güttin before we pick up the passenger and take them to the site.”

Wikinger is Iberdrola’s first offshore wind project in Germany. Located approximately 75km from the mainland close to the Island of Rügen, the wind farm consists of 70 Adwen 5MW-turbines and one substation with helideck. The windfarm is currently under construction and will serve about 350,000 households with green energy when in operation. The EUR 1.4 billion project will be operated from the purpose built O&M base in Mukran for at least 25 years.

Heath Warwick, Project Engineer – Wikinger OSS, said: “We are convinced that in NHC we have contracted a reliable and trustful partner, and look forward to smooth flights from Güttin.”