Major indigenous operator, OAS Helicopters, has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Gulf Helicopters of Middle East for the provision of services to the upstream oil and gas sector in Nigeria.
Both companies agreed to work together in a technical partnership whereby Gulf Helicopters would provide machines and technical expertise to OAS, which has repositioned and well equipped to provide offshore services to the oil and gas companies operating in the Niger Delta and other parts of the country.
The Chief Executive Officer of Gulf Helicopters, Mohamed Al Mohannadi, who signed the agreement on behalf of his company, expressed enthusiasm in the new deal and said that he looked forward to working with OAS in Nigeria. He added that the partnership would bring in new experience to the company.
Managing Director of OAS Helicopters, Evarest Nnaji, described the partnership as a milestone which would provide a new platform and accomplishments to the company that had prepared over the years for airlifting services in the oil and gas sector.
Gulf Helicopters, a well-known oil and gas helicopter flight service provider in the Middle East, has over 100 helicopters and provides services to almost all the Western oil and gas companies, including British Petroleum, Elf, Mobil, Total, Chevron, Shell, Qatar Oil and Standard Oil Company.
With such international technical support, OAS is expected to be the company of choice in the oil and gas exploration helicopter flight services and with the experience garnered over the years operating in the country, it would certainly provide Gulf Helicopters the experience of operating in Nigeria.
OAS is a fast-growing domestic airline in Nigeria which has its flight outfit subdivided to cover two areas of operations: rotary and fixed wing. The rotary wing is known as OAS Helicopters while the fixed wing is known as Odengene Air. The helicopter wing of the company commenced commercial flight in February 2006.
Nnaji, who is a captain with many years of flight experience, said with this partnership OAS Helicopters could now effectively provide offshore helicopter support even to the deepest sea range in Nigeria.
“And for this reason, we have an established training and standard department that ensures our crew members undergo the required trainings to maintain safe operations. In Nigeria, there have been multifarious changes in oil and gas industry over the past 10 years, particularly in the offshore sector, but we are positioned to help customers achieve maximum efficiency and productivity - essential components of success in an environment where exploration, drilling, and production take place at greater depths each year,” Nnaji said.
He remarked that it had not been easy to get this far, but with perseverance and consistency the company has garnered experience and capacity that now guarantees tremendous progress.
“We are ever ready and determined to support customer goals and objectives by providing value-added services that are matchless in the Nigeria upstream sector. These are not limited to crew changes and logistics support to offshore/onshore platform, rigs, badges and ships,” Nnaji added.