Bond Air Services has begun operations supporting the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm 25km (16m) off the coast of Suffolk, England. The operation is the first of its kind in the UK, says Bond.
The Aberdeen-headquartered company will use a Eurocopter EC135 T2i helicopter operating from a purpose-built facility at Lowestoft port, Suffolk. Greater Gabbard is the world's largest offshore wind farm, with 140 turbines.
Under the contract, Bond will provide helicopter services to transport maintenance technicians by hoist to the turbines of the wind farm.
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"Safety is our number one priority at all times, and by using helicopters it means that we can get greater access to the turbines in conditions which may have been otherwise impossible by boat," says Stephen Rose, offshore wind generation manager at Greater Gabbard.