Helifuel AS has been acquired by Swire Oilfield Services

The leading global offshore container solution provider Swire Oilfield Services has acquired Norwegian business Helifuel AS in a move which sees the Aberdeen-headquartered business strengthen its international refuelling and aviation offering.

The deal comes as Swire Oilfield Services continues to expand its services globally having also acquired specialist aviation firm Gordon Engineering Services (GES) in 2018. Jonathan Hughes, Swire Oilfield Services Group General Manager, will head up the global service line and lead further expansion plans.

Former owner and founder of Helifuel AS, Oddvar Ostensvik, will remain with the business, along with its current management team, led by Managing Director Jorunn Håvardsholm.
Established in 1996, Helifuel AS specialises in refuelling systems and services, including design, manufacture, inspection, maintenance, training, and rental of systems for the offshore oil and gas, marine and wind industries.

Together the two companies will offer a fully integrated refuelling and aviation services business, drawing on the experience gained by both businesses in their respective markets.

Commenting on the acquisition, Swire Oilfield Services CEO, Manfred Vonlanthen said:
“This move fits perfectly with our strategy to develop a high-quality, end-to-end offering for all aviation service needs across a variety of industries. “Helifuel AS has a strong reputation in the market, and our companies’ combined portfolio of products and services, as well as both our global presences, will enable us to offer a strong value proposition to our customers around the world. “The acquisition represents an exciting and positive step forward for the growth and diversification of Swire Oilfield Services and reinforces the continued and long-term commitment of our owners, John Swire & Sons, to our business.”

Helifuel AS’ Oddvar Ostensvik added:
“Joining forces with Swire Oilfield Services will help us develop our global offering to the energy sector and allow us to continue to provide a high-quality and cost-effective service to our customers. “We have an excellent team in place and that, combined with the financial strength and global network of Swire Oilfield Services, will provide a platform for further growth and the opportunity for greater innovation.”


Established in 1979 and operating from 61 bases, across 29 countries, Swire Oilfield Services employs over 500 personnel from all the major oil and gas regions in Europe, Africa, Middle East, North & South America and Asia-Pacific. Founded in 1816, John Swire & Sons is a privately owned business employing 130,000 people worldwide. Its portfolio covers a variety of industries including property, aviation, food and beverage, marine services, trading and industrial.

New Business Secured in August 2020

Helifuel is very happy to announce that it has secured  a new contract for delivery to maritime environments.
The scope of work includes design, engineering and delivery of two fuelling systems.

Due to confidentiality agreements we cannot share further information on the projects other than the client and Helifuel are pleased to be working together.

Even though most information is restricted, we wanted to share the positive news.
We are looking forward to cooperating with our client to deliver these innovative projects with stringent safety standards.

These cutting edge systems will be digitally advanced, greener for the environment and more user-friendly than most systems operating in the markets today.

7 fuelling systems has left the Helifuel yard since March.

Another Helicopter Refuelling System for Major Client Nears Completion.

The finishing touches are being applied to this beauty.
This is a helicopter refuelling system complying with standards such as CAP 437, US Coast Guard, ABS class regulations and a number of customized standards.When operating in the aviation industry safety is the key to every part of the process and this system includes a number of safety measures.

Many fuelling systems were in production when the world was hit by the Corona virus.

Despite the global impacts of Covid19, Helifuel has managed to complete and deliver Helifuel systems for our clients.
In fact, seven fuelling systems have left the Helifuel yard since the world was impacted by the Covid-19.
Working from home offices, stringent travelling routines and safety office and workshop entrance restrictions are some of the measures we have introduced.

Meetings that would normally be face to face have been handled through video conferences.
Helifuel has provided live feed video monitoring which allows our clients to oversee and interact with factory acceptance testing (FAT) in real time.


Safety and progress is key.

During the last few months we have focused on the following:

  • Ensure safety for all parties involved including employees, vendors and clients.
  • Continue the production as planned.

We will continue focusing on our two goals going forward – safety and progress.