Petrobras S.A. is the largest energy company in Brazil. In the coming
months, the company is set to add two EC135s and two more
AS365 N2 Dauphins to the Eurocopter fleet it has been operating
for over twenty years.
With company headquarters in Rio de Janeiro,
Petrobras is present in several locations across Brazil,
where it is involved in oil and gas exploration and
The company also has over 100 platforms
distributed along the length of the Brazilian coast. Its oil
activities are by no means limited to the offshore activities,
but also onshore including the Amazonic forest.
Petrobras is also a major player in the Gulf of Mexico as
well as Angola, Argentina, Colombia, Bolivia, Nigeria,
and the United States.
To transport its personnel to the
oil rigs, Petrobras operates a fleet comprising two
AS332 L1 Super Pumas, three AS332 L2 Super
Pumas, an AS365 N2 Dauphin, five AS365 N3
Dauphins, two EC135s, and two BO105 CBS helicopters
(soon to be replaced by two EC135s).
helicopters of various sizes,” comments Marco Aurelio
R. Balboa, Senior Engineer at Petrobras.
we have platforms situated over 110 nautical miles
from Macaé City (in the south-eastern state of Rio de
Since long range is essential here, these rigs
are served by Super Pumas.
On other oil rigs, where
the helipads are of a reduced size, we need the EC135
to be able to land safely. These helicopters fly out from
Guamaré and Paracuru (in the north of Brazil).
These particular Eurocopter helicopters have been
chosen because each one draws on state-of-the-art
technical features to satisfy specific Petrobras requirements.
Another invaluable resource which we especially
appreciate is the support of Helibras, whose
personnel never fail to find the right solution, and fast!”