April 20 - Group Desarrollo Infaestructura (GDI) has awarded a contract to Erickson for a new rural infrastructure pipeline project that will bring clean-burning natural gas to Mexico.

The agreement will see an S-64 E Aircrane assist in the external load transport of over 1,000 natural gas pipeline sections that will complete the 329-mile (529-km) long Topolobamqo project.

The terrain surrounding the project is rugged and mountainous with minimal ground access, so transporting pipe segments by helicopter reduces transit times and avoids road construction, explained Erickson.