Aggreko Powers Venues as London Prepares
Aggreko engineers and event management experts are supporting the ‘London Prepares’ series, part of the preparation for the London 2012 Games which is enabling LOCOG to test key aspects of operational readiness. The programme of international sporting events is being hosted at a series of venues to test systems, operational approaches and procedures.
The first phase of test events was successfully completed in 2011, with Aggreko providing temporary power and engineering support at Horse Guards Parade for beach volleyball and at Eton Dorney, the venue for rowing and canoe sprints. Aggreko will support LOCOG at major venues during the various phases of the ‘London Prepares’ series, including the Velodrome and the Hockey Centre. In addition, Aggreko will provide temporary power to test all venues’ systems, as part of the commissioning process.
Robert Wells, Olympic Business Director at Aggreko, said: “While the headlines are focusing on athletes qualifying and training for London 2012, behind the scenes our Olympics began in 2011. We are fully operational, working to prepare for this major event from two dedicated operation centres close to the Olympic Park.
“Aggreko’s technology will feature at each of the 39 venues during the Games, providing prime and back-up power. Our engineers’ expertise has enabled us to provide a comprehensive temporary power solution of unprecedented scale and complexity, from system design through to installation and operation.
A specially selected team of design engineers and service personnel are devoted exclusively to our commitment to LOCOG. This increase in staffing levels ensures that the existing Aggreko business in the UK continues as normal supporting its customer base. As a key supplier to LOCOG, we are fully committed to ensuring the 2012 Games truly are the world’s greatest sporting event.”
For the period of the Games, it is expected that Aggreko will provide over 220 MW of power from over 400 generator sets for the biggest deployment of temporary power for a single sporting event in the UK.