The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has appointed Aggreko plc to be the exclusive supplier of temporary energy services for London 2012 and in the process becomes a tier three sponsor of London 2012. Under the agreement, Aggreko will provide power across 39 venues in 7 different locations – London, Cardiff, Coventry, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle and Weymouth. The power will be provided by generators located at each venue distributed through over 1,000 kilometres of cable and 3,500 distribution panels. Aggreko plans to deploy a team of over 150 people for the contract, and most of the equipment used in the project will be manufactured at Aggreko’s factory in Scotland.
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, which will be providing television feeds 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), 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.’