With the extreme cold temperatures, equipment required special fuel and required daily checking to ensure continuous operation. The challenge this event posed began nine months prior to the event itself when Aggreko’s technicians and engineers began the planning and coordination that would lead to a seamless operation.
A total of 290 tons of equipment was sent to St. Moritz, including 44,000 kg (97,003 lbs) of cable that was carried and installed by the Aggreko team after clearing 91 cm (3 ft) of snow and 20.32 cm (8 in) of ice. The Aggreko crew worked 12 straight days to lay the cable at an altitude of 2,438 m (8,000 ft) with temperatures reaching below -20°C (-4°F), an extraordinary feat with only seven hours of light each day. Aggreko powered all broadcasting, the IBC, the International Press Center, the Medals Plaza, the food court, VIP and volunteer tents, the team service centre and the Opening Ceremonies.
Why was Aggreko chosen?
Operating at temperatures often reaching below -23°C (-9°F), the Aggreko team and equipment allowed the rest of the world to continuously view and enjoy one of the greatest sporting events in history.