For Aggreko, the world leader in the supply of temporary power and temperature control solutions and the Official Temporary Energy Services Provider to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 31 days of sporting competition will be one chapter of a much longer story. Here Aggreko’s Head of Olympics Business, Robert Wells, looks forward to the culmination of the company’s long term commitment to the Games and its development of specialist skills and equipment for the event and beyond that will contribute to the Olympic legacy.
The vastness of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is clear from the numbers involved: 15,000 athletes from 205 nations will be watched by a global TV audience of four billion viewers. Aggreko, the Official Temporary Energy Services Provider to the Games, is making its own contribution to the statistics, providing over 260 MW of power using over 500 generator sets, 1,500 kilometres of cable and 4,500 distribution panels. It is the biggest deployment of temporary power for a single sporting event ever in the UK. Aggreko’s technology will feature at each of the 54 venues during the Games to provide prime or back-up power.
The event will be the culmination of two years’ work by the company and is one reason for the considerable capital investment Aggreko has made in new fleet this year: a total of £350 million. Over 170 generators manufactured at Aggreko’s new £22 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Dumbarton and 11 transformers are being transported to London by train to support the London 2012 Organising Committee’s commitment to minimise environmental impact. The new temporary power equipment used at the Games will be utilised immediately after the Games at a number of other locations.
Aggreko’s specialist engineering team, led by its Head of Olympics Business Robert Wells, has brought a wealth of relevant experience to the project gained from working on major international sports events such as the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, South Africa and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. Aggreko’s temporary energy services for London 2012 are of unprecedented scale and complexity, from system design through to installation and operation.
The solution has had to allow for new developments including the growth of high definition television and increased use of internet technologies. This developing expertise will be vital to Aggreko’s bids for major events in the future, such as the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the 2014 Hockey World Cup, the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The core Aggreko team for London 2012 will be supported by up to 200 engineers, electricians and other staff, all of whom will enhance their skills working on the event.
“Our continued commitment to innovation will help ensure the London 2012 Games are truly the world’s greatest sporting events,” said Robert Wells. “But for us, the five weeks of the Games are by no means the end. The engineering expertise and new equipment we use in delivering this year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games will also benefit future events and are key to our ongoing success, helping Aggreko to remain at the forefront of the industry.”