Aggreko powers Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony

Released: 8 August 2008

Aggreko supplies power to Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony


Aggreko, the global leader in temporary power and temperature control, today played a crucial role in supporting the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Aggreko was responsible for the supply of power to both the National Stadium and the International Broadcast Centre, which was responsible for transmitting the ceremony to an estimated 4 billion viewers worldwide as well as 100,000 people in the stadium.

Under the contract to supply temporary power to the Olympics, Aggreko will provide 140 MW of power across 37 Olympic venues in 3 cities: Beijing, Qingdao and Hong Kong. The power, enough to supply over 150,000 homes, will be provided by generators located at each venue and distributed through 470 km of cable and 2,000 distribution panels. Aggreko is employing around 200 staff on the contract, many of whom have been recruited in China, to install, maintain and operate the equipment.

Rupert Soames, Chief Executive, Aggreko, said:

"Watching the ceremony was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the enjoyment of the spectacle was enhanced by knowing that Aggreko was a key part of the infrastructure. We now look forward to supporting the Games themselves in 37 venues across China and in Hong Kong"


Note to Editors:

Aggreko plc is the global leader in the rental of power, temperature control and oil-free compressed air systems. We help customers in many different industries to improve and safeguard their operations by solving problems, creating opportunities and reducing risk. Aggreko- the Beijing 2008 Temporary Power and Temperature Control Exclusive Supplier - provides 24/7 availability and service support with approximately 3000 employees operating from over 120 locations in 31 countries. In 2007 we served customers in 100 countries, and had revenues of approximately £700m (USD $1.4b or Euros €1b). Aggreko plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AGK.L) and headquartered in Scotland. For more information, please access the company website at

Aggreko at Beijing Olympics

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