Shell Nigeria supports Caverton Helicopters

Terry Spruce

Caverton Helicopters ceremonyShell Nigeria has loaned
Caverton Helicopters a sum of $85 million to upgrade their helicopter fleet.
This has allowed Caverton to order six AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters, making it
the largest operator of the AW139 in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Two of the aircraft will be
used for Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo), while the
rest would be used in the operations of The Shell Petroleum Development Company
(SPDC).

“This is a giant step for a Nigerian
company,” said SNEPCO managing director, Chike Onyejekwe as the two helicopters
were commissioned at the Caverton terminal at Murtala
Muhammed Airport,
Lagos earlier
this month. “We began the journey in 2010 when we awarded the biggest aviation
contract to a Nigerian company. Both Shell and Caverton have worked hard to
take the contract to a higher level, and the story will get even better in the
coming years not just for our companies but also for service providers in the
aviation sector and the wider economy.”

Aderemi Makanjuola, chairman
of Caverton helicopters said: “In the two years since we signed the contract
with Shell, we have grown from a company with a staff strength of 90 persons to
over 500, creating a pool of highly skilled Nigerians that can work anywhere in
the world. The support we have enjoyed from Shell is a lasting testament 
to Nigerian content development.”

The general manager capacity
building in the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Taiwo Elegba
and director, Air Worthiness Standards of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority
Patrick Ekunwe, commended Shell and Caverton for the milestone in
implementation of the Nigerian Content Development Act, and introduction of
modern aviation services in the country.

Photograph Mr. Chike Onyejekwe, managing director SNEPCo
congratulates Mr. Aderemi Makanjuola, chairman Caverton Helicopters at the
unveiling of the AW139 with Mr. Patrick Ekunwhe, director of Airworthiness NCAA
representing the DG NCAA looking on

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