Client London Olympic Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)

Location London, UK

Sectors Events

The challenge

Get enough power to 39 major venues 

Powering up an Olympic Games is a monumental task. As well as lighting the Olympic Stadium and providing power for the opening and closing ceremonies, temporary power is needed for security, field-of-play, broadcast and concessions. The local power grid doesn’t quite cut it.

So the London Olympic Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) appointed us as the Official Temporary Energy Services Provider for the 2012 Games – and the challenge was set.

Project fact file

260 MW

Temporary power

550

Generators

1,800 km

Cabling

5,500

Distribution panels

39

Venues getting power

150

Aggreko engineers

The solution

Environmentally-friendly power systems 

Following two and a half years of planning, we were ready to power up the London Olympics. We provided 260 MW prime and/or standby power across all 39 venues, and primary and secondary electrical distribution across all venues. Where possible, our systems supplemented grid supply.

We have always taken pride in manufacturing equipment that exceeds emission requirements. As an extra step for the Games, in areas where our gear was close to spectators or competitors, our generators were fitted with diesel particulate filters to reduce emissions. We used bio-fuel generators where possible, too. 

the aggreko difference

We set the gold standard for global sporting events.

The impact

40 days of faultless temporary power 

The London Olympics was the biggest deployment of temporary power for a single sporting event in UK history. And it all went off without a hitch.

All venues had plenty of power for the 40 days of competition. From the athletes competing in brightly lit venues, to the millions of people tuning in to cheer them on from their living rooms, countless experiences and memories of the Games were powered by us. 

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Aggreko team on your excellent contribution to the Games. Ultimately it was a fantastic team effort and Aggreko played an important part in our success.”

Gerry Walsh Procurement Director ,
LOCOG

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