Helifuel delivers for extreme conditions

Helifuel has delivered a complete helicopter refueling system for Statoil’s Aasta Hansteen platform, which may be the most extreme development project on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

Statoil purchased Helifuel’s equipment package directly for the Aasta Hansteen platform in the Norwegian Sea. Other packages was provided by the Hyundai shipyard in South Korea. The extraordinary Aasta Hansteen project has been called Statoil’s ‘final exam.’ It is more than 300 kilometers from land, in water depths of 1,300 meters deep and north of the Arctic Circle. Most things about Aasta Hansteen are extreme: The weather, the wind, the frigid temperatures and the distances.

“There can’t be any mistakes. Everything has to work from day one. For us, a contract like this is a major vote of confidence,” says Jorunn Håvardsholm, managing director of Helifuel

Standards and quality

“The fact of the matter is that helicopter refueling systems affect everyone traveling to or from a platform, so this is not the first time we have seen an owner wanting full control of the procurement process,” continues Håvardsholm.

As far as possible, Statoil wanted standardized solutions to keep costs down. This system is based on Helifuel’s standard solutions with minor adjustments.

Helifuel has developed a standard portfolio over many years that is highly flexible and well proven in the market.

Safe and user-friendly

“For projects like this there has to be a tight dialogue with the engineers and _ above all _ with the users of the helicopter refueling system. It is easy to overlook the role of the user in such processes. Statoil has done a very good job of including those who regularly use the equipment,” says Håvardsholm.

Unusual circumstances meant that the Statoil contract had a very short delivery time.

“For Helifuel, this was a sort of exam. Delivering agreed quality on time is the best gateway to new contracts,” says Håvardsholm.

The industry is very focused on delivery deadlines being met, since delays can lead to major financial losses.

“Helifuel’s record proves that our staff can spring into action and deliver quickly. We have a lot of practice in such situations,” says Håvardsholm.


Facts about Aasta Hansteen:

  • On the same latitude as the city of Bodø, north of the Arctic Circle.
  • Strong currents and large waves make the waters difficult to work in.
  • Water depths if 1,300 meters, 300 kilometers from land.
  • Water temperature of minus 1.5C on the seabed.
  • Estimated recoverable reserves of 47 billion standard cubic meters of gas.
  • Online by the end of 2018.
  • Statoil is the operator.



Helifuel rental systems for Solstad Offshore

Helifuel have recently delivered 2 complete Helifuel system for rental to Solstad Offshore vessels. The systems will be used on the Normand Vision and the Normand Reach.

Solstad Offshore has since the beginning in 1964, grown to become a global company. Solstad operates advanced vessels all over the world, often under extreme weather conditions. The Solstad Offshore (SOFF) fleet consists of about 61 fully owned/jointly owned vessels. The activities of Solstad Offshore are aimed towards the offshore petroleum industry, subdivided into 3 segments of the market including Platform supply-vessels (PSV), Anchor-handling-vessels (AHTS) and Construction service-vessels (CSV)


“We are very happy to be the chosen vendor of these systems. Helifuel supplies systems for worldwide applications and have complete systems for rental on stock.”  says Oddvar Østensvik, VP Sales Helifuel.

“We appreciate that to invest in a helicopter refuelling systems is not always required. To rent a complete system ready for installation is a very good alternative for shorter and longer operations. Especially when the operation periods are short or uncertain.
Our rental Helifuel system fleet contains models and features designed for rental purposes requiring flexible solutions to fit the different applications in the market”
  he continues.


Normand Vision

Normand Vision is a high capacity Construction Support Vessel (CSV) of type VARD 3 06. The vessel is built for heavy construction work, and is highly advanced when it comes to station keeping, efficiency and operational performance.Equipped with a 3000t carousel, a 150t Vertical Lay Spread System (VLS), a 400t Active Heave Compensated (AHC) crane and launch system for Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), she is designed to operate efficiently under demanding conditions and is purpose built for SURF (Subsea structures, Umbilicals, Risers, Flowlines) operations.

Normand Reach

Normand Reach has an overall length of 121 meters, 23 meters beam, 1300 square meters of deck, 7,2×7,2m working moonpool and a 250 ton subsea construction crane. The integrated ROV hangar features handling equipment for both over-side and moonpool launch; enabling ROV launch in high sea states. The vessel has accommodation for 100 people and is designed according to the latest environmental standards with focus on comfort and fuel consumption, and complies with DNV’s Clean Design notation.





Helifuel @ Nor-Shipping 2017

Helifuel will be participating at the Nor-Shipping conference in Lillestrøm starting Tuesday May 30th. Helifuel will have a complete Helifuel dispensing unit on display at the show.

Helifuel design, engineer, manufacture, test, and support helicopter refuelling systems for different maritime segments such as oil industry, shipping, yachts, military and wind. This includes deliveries for offshore construction vessels and expedition/cruise vessels.

“Our clients from the shipping industry have requirements and needs that are different from the other industries we supply to. There are off-course also many similarities between industries and in many cases the industries and the requirements cross. It is important to understand the regulations that apply and the client need, and finally understand the differences. The devils lies in the details. We have this knowledge and experience” says sales engineer Lars Hovda.

Lars is originally a naval architect and have several years of experience working in the maritime industry. This background is very relevant, understanding client needs in this industry.

Helifuel will be showing off a complete dispensing unit at this year’s show. The dispensing unit is the main part of the refuelling system. This is the part including filtration systems, hose, refuelling nozzle, and other required features.

“The dispensing unit we will have on display at the show is very relevant for ships as it has limited footprint, holds Type approval from DNV-GL and ABS and design approvals by BV and LR”, Lars continues.

Lars will be present at the Nor-Shipping exhibition all week, accompanied with CEO Jorunn Håvardsholm.

It is important for us to participate at Nor-Shipping as many of our existing and potential clients are there. Bringing a dispensing unit to the show is always popular”, says Jorunn Håvardsholm

“The unit we are bringing to the show receives positive feedback on its thoughtful design focusing on user-friendliness and has proven to be a very cost effective solution. The design is based on the company standard product portfolio which has been developed through years of experience and feedback from clients”, Jorunn continues.

Helifuel will be located in hall C, stand C02-12.

Helifuel welcome existing and potential clients and partners to the booth.


Helifuel systems to the worlds largest offshore wind farm

Helifuel has been awarded the contract to supply 3 complete helicopter refuelling systems to the worlds largest offshore wind farm.

This wind farm is developed by Dong Energy whom is the market leader in the segment of wind.

We are very proud to be the chosen vendor for this prestige project within offshore wind. The refuelling systems for this project require innovative, trustworthy and efficient solutions. The HSE factors are highly prioritized, says Oddvar Østensvik, VP Sales.

Located off the Yorkshire coast, Hornsea Project One will span a huge area of approximately 407 square kilometres, which is over five times the size of the city of Hull. The offshore wind farm will use 7 megawatt (MW) wind turbines, with each one 190 metres tall – larger than the Gherkin building in London.


A customized helicopter refuelling system is delivered to be installed on the Shell Appomattox project.

Helifuel system to Shell Appomattox project

A customized helicopter refuelling system sypplied by Helifuel AS will be installed on the Shell Appomattox project.

The equipment will be installed on the Appomattox platform to be located offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi Canyon Block 437.

The contract was awarded November 2015 and the system was delivered end of 2016. Helifuel was contracted to provide a custom designed helicopter refuelling system including engineering, manufacturing, testing meeting Shell and the latest regulatory requirements.

The contract is of great value to Helifuel both from an economic standpoint and as an endorsement by Shell of Helifuel’s capabilities and qualifications, says Jorunn Håvardsholm CEO in Helifuel.
This contract proves that we are capable of handling large and complex projects for the worlds strongest companies, she continoues.

Helifuel has provided a number of refuelling systems to Shell over the years, most notable a system for the Mars B Olympus platform. The relationship between the two companies has developed with mutual sharing of knowledge and improvements to designs with a focus on achieving the highest standards of safety.

We are very proud to have Shell as a client and to include the Appomatox on our reference list.








Houston – we have a solution!

Helifuel AS are again preparing for the Offshore Technology Conference 2017 in Houston.

Helifuel have been represented with a booth at this show for several years. The US market represent a large and very important share in Helifuels business.

We have delivered several helicopter refuelling systems to the US GOM and to vessels owned by US companies. We believe this trust was gained after spending time locally learning the local requirements and to fully understand the client challenges and requirements in this market, says Jorunn Håvardsholm.

Jorunn Håvardsholm is the CEO of the Norwegian company and will be attending the conference.

The Helifuel refuelling systems are installed on several rigs sourced by large companies as Transocean, Rowan and Noble among others. -We have also supplied highly customized refuelling systems to large fixed platforms for clients such as Shell, BP, Technip, ConocoPhillips, she says. The latest system was shipped from Norway December 2016 to be installed on the Shell Appomattox platform.

This year, the booth which is located at the Norwegian pavilion #4438 will be represented by Sales Manager Fergal Ò Siochrû and CEO Jorunn Håvardsholm.

We welcome clients and partners to stop by either requiring our assistance in relation to helicopter refuelling system operations, or just to have a coffee.




New contract signed

Whilst part of the Helifuel team was present at the ONS 2016 registering new leads, Helifuel AS signed a contract for a new helicopter refuelling system in a different part of the world.

Helifuel AS, as most companies supplying to the oil industry, is affected by the low oil price and reduced activity. The competition is tough and clients are more demanding. We are therefore very proud to be the chosen vendor for this contract.

The helicopter refuelling system we are supplying will be a customized design. The project will start immediatly and shall be finalized during first half of 2017.

We are also very glad to have other projects ongoing for delivery 2016.

ONS 2016 summary

The ONS 2016 exhibition had 65 718 visitors. Some of these visited the Helifuel stand no 860 in hall 8.
Thanks to all of you who made your way to the Helifuel stand.

We find it important and beneficial to be represented at the ONS.
ONS is a key meeting place for fostering new business in a time of transition.


Key figures ONS 2016

  • 65 718 people visited ONS 2016.
  • 1 241 companies from 40 countries exhibited at ONS 2016.
  • 800 delegates on an average per day at the main conference.
  • A more extensive conference programme than ever, with 500 presentations onseven conference arenas.
  • Technical Sessions: 1 050 people attended the 20 sessions over three days.
  • Young: 2 110 participated at the ONS Young arena.
  • Festival: the free after party for everyone in the harbour area has been bigger and more professional than ever. 14 pavilions offered food and culture Monday through Wednesday and thousands attended the concert with Karpe Diem and the fireworks after Wednesday night.
  • Summit: the ONS Summit Meeting gathered more than 100 top leaders of governments, corporations and academia from 25 countries
  • Journalists: 202 journalists from 14 countries
  • Innovation Awards: TechInvent and Island Offshore/Centrica
  • Best Stand Awards: Norwegian Petroleum Directorate/Ministry of Petroleum and Energy winners for stands 50 square meters or larger, and Vestteknikk winner for stands smaller than 50 square meters.

ONS is open

Welcome to our stand no 860 in Hall 8. We are looking forward to seeing you there.


ONS 2016

We are working on the final preparations for the ONS exhibition in Stavanger and we are looking forward to seeing potential and existing clients, working partners and vendors at our booth.
Our booth will be represented by senior helicopter refuelling system specialists as well as representatives from Helifuel management.

We will present our latest designs and developments at the booth and we will be ready to discuss your specific helicopter refuelling system needs, or packages for other applications.

The exhibition dates are Monday August 29th to Thursday September 01st.
Helifuel will be located in Hall 8, Stand no. 860.