Aggreko has been powering the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) in Australia.
It’s just one of many blue chip sporting events served by the company,whose Managing Director of Events Services, Robert Wells recently told Decentralized Energy about the importance of these fixtures, with reference to its work at the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
The company provided power to all 17 competition venues for the Commonwealth Games, as well as a number of non-competition venues, driven by a team of 86 Aggreko employees from all over the world, including the UK, Brazil, the US, UAE, Eritrea and Australia.
The Glasgow-based provider of modular, mobile power has worked on delivery of GC2018 since October 2017. In addition to the venues, Aggreko’s work has involved:This team has also powered the GC2018 Opening and Closing ceremonies, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Village (CGV) and the International Broadcast Centre (IBC). With 6,600 athletes and team officials from 71 nations and territories competing across 275 medal events, staffed by up to 15,000 volunteers and attended by hundreds of thousands of spectators, access to reliable and stable power is essential to the Games.
- Shipping 110 of their signature generators to Australia
- Laying 310km of new cabling, enough to cover the distance between Sydney and Canberra
- Powering a large geographic range from the Carrara Stadium and Aquatic centre in the Gold Coast, to the Velodrome in Brisbane, and the basketball facilities in Townsville and Cairns.
The team has been assisted by Aggreko’s specialist remote monitoring system – ARM. This state-of-the art tool gathers and monitors vital information throughout the Games, ensuring the stability and security of supply is never interrupted.
Robert Wells, MD Events Services, Aggreko, said: “Delivering power to one of the world’s biggest multi-sports events is an honour for Aggreko. We have a long and proven track record of success with large-scale sporting events and providing a wide range of power solutions in this part of the world.”
Wells also recently told Decentralized Energy that events such as the PyeongChang Winter Olympics are ‘high moments for Aggreko.’
“They are the culmination of a huge amount of work, which draws in people from all over the world. Every year, we look forward to building on past success and delivering more for the customers with whom we work.”
Wells also made reference to the particular logistics associated with facilitating the global winter sports centrepiece.
“PyeongChang is the coldest place on earth by latitude, with regular temperatures of -20 degrees Celsius. During these Games, our work ranged from powering stadia full of spectators, to lighting the ski-jump high up in the mountains to keeping the broadcast centre switched on.”
“Requirements also differ greatly based on the venue – for example broadcast studios needed aircon, while spectators in temporary structures needed heating. “To meet the varying needs of organisers, athletes, spectators and media, we needed to provide 140 MW of power via 232 generators.”
“Running equipment in these conditions requires constant monitoring, through our specialist remote monitoring system – ARM. This allows us to gather and monitor vital information for both us and our customers. It ensures the power is never interrupted, the lights stay on and the medals keep coming.”