Aberdeen International Airport in North Sea Heliports Alliance collaboration

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The six largest heliports in Europe have officially launched the North Sea Heliports Alliance (NSHA) at last week’s WindEnergy conference in Hamburg.

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Aberdeen International Airport is the busiest heliport in the world and forms the NSHA with colleagues from Emden, Esbjerg, Humberside, Avinor Stavanger and Den Helder Airports.

The group’s objective is to become a platform for the heliports to assist national governments, the energy sector and port organisations to develop sustainable helicopter services for the offshore wind industry.

The role of the NSHA is also to prepare the oil and gas industry for the impending roll-out of offshore wind projects.

Martin Stubbs, Head of Aerodrome Operations at Aberdeen International Airport said: “The offshore wind market presents the energy industry with a new, but exciting challenge. This will require efficient helicopter services and expertise, not only for the construction of offshore wind farms over the next fifteen years, but also for a vision on the long term maintenance and supply strategies. There is a clear energy transition into offshore wind.

“We hope that the NSHA can make a real difference, by sharing knowledge, best practice and expertise among the group, for the good of the energy sector.”

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