New man at the helm of BostonRix Wind Ltd

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 5 Apr 2017

BOSTONRIX Wind Ltd, a leading Humber-based support company to the offshore wind industry, has appointed Steve Danson to head the business up.

He has worked in the renewables sector for more than seven years, starting as a balance of plant engineer with early pioneer Renewable Energy Systems (RES) in Grimsby.

Mr Danson was then promoted to lead engineer, working as part of the management team on the Lynn and Inner Dowsing offshore wind farm off the Lincolnshire coast.

He went on to work as maintenance and production manager, and then for the last three years, site manager for Centrica, heading up operations and maintenance at Lincs offshore wind farm, the largest operational wind farm currently controlled from Grimsby. 

Mr Danson said that BostonRix Wind was leading the way in streamlining support services to the offshore wind industry.

The company, a joint venture formed a year ago between Hull's JR Rix & Sons and Beverley's Boston Energy, provides strategic assets and services including crew transfer vessels, skilled technicians, and engineers for many aspects of wind farm construction and maintenance projects.

Much of the work is done out of Grimsby, with the potential for a base in the port previously touted as work builds up.

Mr Danson said: “Large wind farm developments require a significant amount of support and that often means multiple contracts with a host of different suppliers.

“As a previous client to that sector over the past seven years, I know the frustrations and expense that are involved with multiple contracts. They are costly and can be very hard to manage.

“BostonRix Wind is the solution to that, we have the combined skills, services and experience of the Rix Group and Boston Energy, we can offer a range of services, bespoke to precise requirements, under a single contract. If, for example, an operator wants blade inspections, paint repair works, and a subsea inspection, we can provide these services as part of a single package.

“This approach saves wind farm operators considerable time and money.”

Mr Danson added that Boston Energy employs more than 100 technicians, many of whom come from East Yorkshire’s aerospace industry, and the Rix Group owns a fleet of crew transfer vessels and other strategic port-related assets.

The Rix Lion was the first offshore wind vessel to be lifted from Port of Grimsby East by the new boat hoist when it was first commissioned in November last year.  

“Very few companies in our sector can boast these assets, and both organisations are truly local businesses, providing UK content,” Mr Danson said. “Also, Rix and Boston Energy both have great reputations in the wind energy sector individually, so by joining forces to create BostonRix Wind, we are spearheading a new direction for the industry, and I am delighted to be heading that up.”

As reported, Centrica has sold its stakes in the first three wind farms built off the Lincolnshire coast, with Siemens now taking on the operations and maintenance of Lynn and Inner Dowsing and Lincs transferring to Dong Energy over the next year. Green Investment Bank and Blackrock are the new investors, with Dong holding on to its 25 per cent share in Lincs. 

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