21 August 2012 - Aggreko, the Official Temporary Energy Services Supplier to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, played a crucial role in supporting the event’s spectacular Opening and Closing Ceremonies by supplying primary power to the Olympic Stadium.
Aggreko’s engineers designed and delivered an innovative solution capable of providing 12 MW of power for both the ceremonies and international broadcast functions, which involved staging temporary power equipment on barges on the River Lea adjacent to the stadium. The two barges each holding four 1250 kVA generators and four 3,000 litre fuel tanks, housed the only temporary power permitted on the Olympic Park, saving significant space across the location and minimising impact on the visual experience throughout the opening and closing events
Aggreko’s power solution enabled Danny Boyle’s dramatic opening homage to British heritage, Isles of Wonder, to be watched by 80,000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium and broadcast to an estimated global TV audience of 900 million people. The Closing Ceremony, dubbed ‘the greatest after-party in the world’ by legendary soundtrack composer and the show’s musical director, David Arnold, featured music by an array of British groups on a spectacular stage that was also powered by Aggreko generators.
Rupert Soames, Chief Executive of Aggreko, said: “We are honoured to have played a central role in supporting the execution of some truly memorable events to celebrate London 2012. Our pride at how well the ceremonies were received by the viewing public was enhanced by knowing that Aggreko was a key part of the infrastructure at what has been a most successful Olympics for Great Britain.
“This is the 12th Olympic Games Aggreko has worked on and we have been committed to assisting LOCOG in delivering an event and Olympic legacy of which Great Britain can be proud. The solution with the barges was designed with LOCOG’s environmental targets in mind, and we worked closely with the Environmental Agency and other organisations to meet those targets.”
Under its contract to supply temporary power to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Aggreko provided 260 MW of power using 550 generator sets, 1,500 kilometres of cable and 5,500 distribution panels across 39 venues. The event is the biggest deployment of temporary power for a single sporting event ever in the UK.