Tender winner Weststar not yet allowed to operate helicopter service in offshore oil fields

Soon Le Win

Weststar Company officials held a press conference at Park Royal Hotel in Yangon on August 16, voicing out that despite winning a tender to provide helicopter transport services in offshore oil blocks of the Ministry of Electricity and Energy, only the predecessor company is still allowed to continue operation there.

Malaysia-based Weststar Co won a tender to carry out helicopter services in Myanmar's offshore oil blocks. However, France-based Heli Union Company is still continuing their services intead of handing the reins over, Weststar Co officials said.

Weststar Co competed in the tender process to provide helicopter rental services for PTTEP and Petronas operating oil exploration in the offshore oil blocks.

Travira from Indonesia, Weststar from Malaysia, FS from Thailand, Heli Union from France and Bobcock from Australia were tentatively chosen.

PTTEP, Petronas and Total selected Weststar Co out of the five companies as the tender winner. Weststar could offer cheaper prices, better services and the guarantee to start providing services two month earlier than other companies. Weststar Co accepted a letter on September 15 last year informing them that they had won the tender to provide the service.

It is however reported that Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE) had asked some questions over 53 audit results related to Weststar Co on December 12 last year.

Civil Aviation Department replied that there was no objection to Weststar Co's taking over of the business. But MOGE has yet to issue a letter announcing that Weststar has won the tender, holding the process in limbo. Since then, Heli Union Co has been continuing to provide heli-transport services.   

Weststar is a diversified regional corporate group based in Malaysia, with business interest in the Automotive, Aviation, Construction, Defence and Engineering sectors. There are currently nine companies under the Weststar wing.