Lopez family unveils P45M hangar in El Nido
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Lopez family unveils P45M hangar in El Nido

INAEC Aviation of the Lopez Group inaugurated its second aircraft hangar in El Nido, Palawan.

Located inside the Lio Airport, the P45 million hangar will serve as the new base for the helicopter operations servicing the Malampaya project as Shell Philippines Exploration (SPEX) moves to transfer said operations from Puerto Princesa to El Nido.

Construction of the 825-square meter hangar began in April 2021 and was completed last March.

INAEC built its first hangar in El Nido in 2013. In the same year, the company partnered with SPEX and PHI International for the helicopter transport of Malampaya project personnel from Puerto Princesa to the offshore platform.

The relocation of the helicopter base from Puerto Princesa to El Nido offers significant benefits to the Malampaya project, according to SPEX managing director Kiril Caral.

“Flight time for the transport of Malampaya personnel is reduced. Response time in case of medical evacuation will be faster. And, there is improved access to search and rescue resources, including support from the Joint Task Force Malampaya, the Philippine Air Force, the Coast Guard, and the Philippine Navy. All these mean improved safety, reliability, and efficiency in our operations,” Caral said.

INAEC has been operating in El Nido since the early 2000s, providing helicopter transport services to oil and gas producers in the country.

 

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