London 2012 plugs in company as official provider and tier three sponsor
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) has appointed Aggreko as the exclusive and official supplier of temporary energy services for London 2012, and in the process, the company becomes a tier- three sponsor of the Games. Announcing this, the company which specialises in supply of temporary power and temperature control solutions said that under the agreement, Aggreko will provide power across 39 venues in seven different locations, and will also offer technical expertise.
Aggreko has revealed that its engineers and event management experts are enabling LOCOG to test key aspects of operational readiness, and for the period of the Games will provide over 260 MW of power using over 500 generator sets, 1,500 kilometres of cable and 4,500 distribution panels. It added that this is the biggest deployment of temporary power for a single sporting event ever in the UK.
According to Aggreko, the power solution has had to allow for new developments, including the growth of high-definition television and increased use of Internet technologies, with the core Aggreko team supported by up to 200 engineers, electricians and other staff. Most of the equipment used in the project has been manufactured at Aggreko’s factory in Scotland, it said. In addition to supporting both the opening and the closing ceremonies at the Olympic Stadium in London, Aggreko equipment will also be used to power field-of-play lighting and camera equipment in the various stadia, as well as powering the International Broadcasting Centre, with television feeds going to billions of people around the world.
Rupert Soames, Chief Executive of Aggreko, welcomed the deal saying: “We normally play away from home in places such as Beijing (2008 Olympics) and Vancouver (2010 Winter Olympics). It is, therefore, enormously exciting to have the opportunity to perform in front of our home crowd. We look forward to supporting the Organising Committee in their task of providing faultless execution of the London Olympic Games.”