Wind energy suppliers join forces

Wind energy suppliers join forces

A new joint venture between Rix Group and Boston Energy is being headed up by wind industry expert Tue Lippert.

BostonRix Wind Ltd is a single point of contact for the offshore wind sector, supplying assets and services, including crew transfer vessels, as well as skilled technicians and engineers for wind farm maintenance and construction.

The company has been established to work with offshore developers and large equipment manufacturers, to deliver a range of services that would usually be provided through multiple suppliers.

Lippert said: “The joint venture company streamlines both procurement procedures and operational management for wind farm construction and maintenance by providing the expertise of Rix and Boston Energy in a single supplier.

“I believe this consolidation and a comprehensive approach is exactly what is needed to meet the demand of the projects in the pipelines (round two and three) and to the wind farms already online.”

Lippert has had a huge influence within the sector, having worked with DONG Energy, where he led the construction of the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm development off the East Yorkshire coast- the first farm to make commercial use of the Siemens 6MW being built at the Siemens site in Hull.

During his time with DONG, he was also responsible for setting up offices in Grimsby and Hull, and managed around 450 contractors and subcontractors both on and offshore.

Tim Rix, managing director of the Rix Group, said: “The unique combination of skills and hardware the new company can provide means offshore developers and OEMs can come to us with any number of problems and we will be able to provide support.

“Having the company headed up by Tue Lippert means we will have the attention of the industry straight away.”

Lippert added: “We have a great opportunity to do something exciting and make a real difference, particularly in the Humber region which is so important to the growing UK’s wind energy industry.”