Aggreko wins £37m London Olympics contract

By Murray Pollok20 December 2010

An aerial image of the Olympic Park in London shows construction progress made on the main venues

An aerial image of the Olympic Park in London shows construction progress made on the main venues

Aggreko has won the contract to provide temporary power to the 2012 London Olympics and the Paralympic Games. The project is valued at approximately £37 million.

The exclusive contract was awarded to Aggreko by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Aggreko will also be a sponsor of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Aggreko will provide power at 39 venues in 7 locations - London, Cardiff, Coventry, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Weymouth. The power will be provided by generators located at each venue distributed through more than 1000 km of cable and 3500 distribution panels. Aggreko will deploy a team of over 150 people for the contract.

In addition to supporting both the opening and 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.

Rupert Soames, chief executive of Aggreko, said; "We normally play away from home in places such as Beijing (2008 Olympics), Vancouver (2010 Winter Olympics) and South Africa (2010 FIFA World Cup). 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 and Paralympic games, and uninterrupted broadcasting to hundreds of millions of viewers world-wide."

LOCOG commercial director Chris Townsend added, "We are delighted to welcome Aggreko to the London 2012 family. They will help to ensure our venues are fully operational and powered becoming a vital cog in our organisation. They are coming on board as we head towards a crucial year for London 2012 - next year sees us move to becoming a fully operational organising committee, testing our venues and testing our systems."

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