Offshore Helicopter Services UK extends contract with Serica Energy

An Offshore Helicopter Services UK helicopter parked on the helipad.
Photo Credit: OHS UK

Offshore Helicopter Services U.K. (OHS UK) has signed a new multi-year contract extension with Serica Energy.

The five-year deal will see Serica use Airbus H175 and Sikorsky S-92 aircraft to service its current North Sea operations, in particular the Bruce platform. 

An Extended Partnership

The contract extension further forms the relationship between OHS UK and Serica Energy, extending their collaborative partnership beyond eight years.

The extension also highlights the confidence that Serica Energy places in OHS UK’s ability to provide outstanding operational and customer service in challenging market conditions.

Serica Energy has chosen the Airbus H175 and Sikorsky S-92 aircraft to support its North Sea operations, with a specific focus on servicing the Bruce platform.

A New Era Under Ultimate Aviation Group

Offshore Helicopter Services UK (OHS UK) is a helicopter operator providing transportation and search and rescue services to the UK’s energy industry.

The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland. OHS UK has a fleet of over 40 helicopters, including Sikorsky S-92s, AgustaWestland AW139s, and Airbus Helicopters H175s.


The company operates from a number of bases in the UK, including Aberdeen, Sumburgh, and Esbjerg. OHS UK provides a variety of helicopter services, including:

Offshore transportation: OHS UK transports thousands of people to and from offshore oil and gas platforms every year.

Search and rescue: The company operates two specialist Search and Rescue helicopters, which are on-call 24/7 to provide assistance to people in distress in the North Sea.

Medical evacuation: OHS UK can provide medical evacuation services for people who need to be transported to hospital from offshore platforms or other remote locations.

Oil spill response: The operator can deploy helicopters to support oil spill response operations.

In January 2023, OHS UK was acquired by Ultimate Aviation Group, a South African headquartered international aviation business.

The acquisition is expected to strengthen OHS UK’s position as a leading provider of helicopter services to the UK’s energy industry.

Shaun Roseveare, CEO of Ultimate Aviation Group, emphasized that the extension of this partnership reflects the confidence in OHS UK’s commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction.

The Group CEO,furthered: “We are delighted to be continuing our extremely positive relationship with one of our high-profile customers and look forward to the next five years and beyond.”

Serica Energy

Serica Energy, an AIM-listed upstream oil and gas company, plays a pivotal role in driving production and investing in high-quality North Sea assets.

With a balanced portfolio of gas and oil production, the company contributes to about five percent of the natural gas produced in the U.K., a critical element in the nation’s energy transition.

Serica Energy’s commitment to health, safety, environment (HSE), and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance adds another layer of responsibility to its operations.

Mike Killeen, Serica Energy’s VP of Operations, stressed the importance of safe and efficient workforce transportation.

This partnership extension with OHS UK ensures that Serica Energy can continue to deliver its vital energy services to the U.K. market while upholding the highest standards of safety and operational excellence.

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