2016 Report details for project: Search and Rescue Helicopters

Project name: Search and Rescue Helicopters - there are 6 reports for this project: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
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Organisation: DFT (D9) - see all reports for this organisation
Report year: 2016 (data is from Sept 2015)
Category: Infrastructure - see all reports for this category
Description: To manage the delivery of a Search and Rescue Helicopter contract for the provision of search and rescue helicopter services for the UK.
DCA (RAG): Amber/Green
DCA text: The UK SAR Helicopter Programme is nearing conclusion of its transition phase. The military Sea King SAR service in the UK has now ended and has been replaced with new helicopters operating under the UK SAR Helicopter Programme. This is a very significant milestone. In addition to marking the end of military involvement in SAR in the UK, it means that all state-operated SAR helicopters in the UK are now in Coastguard livery. Since SAR services under the UK SAR Helicopter Programme started, HM Coastguard's new helicopters have responded to over 600 requests for assistance, and saved or assisted over 500 people. The next SAR bases to fold into the new UK SAR Helicopter Programme are at Stornoway, Lee-on-Solent and Shetland in 2017. These bases are currently operated under legacy Coastguard helicopter contracts. All indications are that the transition of these three remaining bases will happen on time.
Start date: 2011-02-08
End date: 2017-09-08
Schedule text: The programme is performing well against the plan. We are nearing the final stages of the transition phase with the first seven bases now operational delivering SAR services. The three remaining bases to transition are on track to do so at the point at which the legacy Coastguard contracts they operate under end. The issues delaying the introduction of the smaller airframe type are being addressed. A phased introduction of these aircraft will take place only when these issues have been resolved and is anticipated to start from April 2017. The delayed introduction of these aircraft is mitigated through the use of alternative aircraft from the contractor's fleet.
Baseline: £119.00m
Forecast: £112.80m
Variance: -0.05%
Variance text: The forecast variance in 2015/16 of an underspend versus budgeted costs is the result of a negotiated reduction in contractual charges relating to Bristow's contingency plan to address issues with the smaller airframe type coupled with generally favourable movements in variable costs such as the lower price of fuel.
Whole Life Cost: £1,923.00m
WLCost text: Budgeted whole life cost of £1,923m is the headline cost figure for the contract of £1.6bn plus the associated non-recoverable VAT. This represents a significant saving against the previously reported whole life cost figure of £3,286m as a result of the procurement strategy requiring a shift away from a PFI-negotiated contract to a contract procured under the Competitive Dialogue process. Contractual costs began to be incurred in April 2015 when operational delivery commenced at the first two bases and will continue until the end of 2025/26.
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Sourcefile: IPA_2016.csv

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