He­li­copter hangar plan in the works

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Onslow will look to take a fur­ther slice of the oil and gas ser­vice mar­ket with con­struc­tion of a he­li­copter hangar at the Onslow Air­port.

He­li­copter ser­vice op­er­a­tions across the North West Shelf have been un­der­taken from Kar­ratha and Ex­mouth to date.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said Onslow’s lo­ca­tion made it ideal for the es­tab­lish­ment of he­li­copter op­er­a­tions.

“In or­der to at­tract ro­tary wing and other busi­ness opportunities to the air­port, a need was iden­ti­fied for the Onslow Air­port to pro­vide hangar leas­ing opportunities,” she said.

“The project is iden­ti­fied in the Onslow Air­port Master Plan as an in­te­gral piece of in­fra­struc­ture to broaden the air­port’s in­come base and seize on opportunities to ser­vice the off­shore oil and gas in­dus­try.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, a broad­ened base of ser­vices at the Air­port will only as­sist in main­tain­ing vi­able pub­lic flights once con­struc­tion winds down on the Wheat­stone project and flights are re­duced.”

Ms White said the Shire had been in dis­cus­sions with sev­eral par­ties in­ter­ested in util­is­ing the fa­cil­ity.

The project in­volves con­struc­tion of a 42m by 30m air­craft hangar de­signed to house two S-92 he­li­copters south of the Air­port ter­mi­nal.

It will have air­side ac­cess to the general avi­a­tion apron and land­side ac­cess to the road at the rear of the al­lot­ments.

Pro­vi­sion has been made to pro­vide a briefing room as well as a room where pas­sen­gers can be screened, tested, weighed, pro­vided safety brief­ings and fit­ted with life jack­ets.

The news comes on the back of the on­go­ing devel­op­ment of the Onslow Ma­rine Sup­port Base, which will boost Onslow’s ma­rine ca­pa­bil­i­ties to ser­vice the oil and gas in­dus­try on its doorstep.

The base is on track to be handed over to Agility Lo­gis­tics in Septem­ber.

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