Aggreko helps power the Olympics 2010

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

VANCOUVER (May 12, 2008) – The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) welcomed Aggreko, the world’s leading supplier of temporary power and temperature control solutions, to its team as an Official Supplier.

Aggreko will provide Vancouver 2010 with temporary power and temperature control equipment at all of the venues throughout the Games, including BC Place Stadium for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies; various celebration sites;  the International Broadcast Centre; the Whistler Broadcast and Press Centre; the Olympic and Paralympic Villages in Vancouver and Whistler, as well as all competition venues.

“Successfully staging the 2010 Winter Games requires an enormous amount of behind-the-scenes work and equipment including the temporary power and temperature regulation. With Aggreko’s vast experience providing temporary power to past Olympic Games and other major events, we can’t think of a better company to help us deliver smooth, seamless Games that will inspire our nation and a global television audience of three billion,” said Dave Cobb, VANOC executive vice president, Revenue, Marketing and Communications.

To ensure temporary power and temperature control at all 2010 Winter Games venues, Aggreko will supply and maintain an estimated:

  •          Minimum of 34 megawatts of generators and power distribution
  •          31 megawatts of electric heat
  •          750 distribution panels
  •          250 miles of cable
  •          A crew of approximately 100 dedicated Aggreko employees, approximately 20 of whom  will be recruited locally for the installation and operation of the equipment 



“Aggreko has a rich history with the Olympic Games, including the successful Atlanta 1996 Summer Games and the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Games. We are currently installing the temporary power infrastructure for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games,” said George Walker, Aggreko’s President of North America. “Our experienced team is working with the Organizing Committee and other suppliers to put together an outstanding plan that will ensure uninterrupted power, comfort and security for the 2010 Winter Games, its broadcast and surrounding events.”

Aggreko’s team of experts will begin the lengthy process of installing the complex array of temporary power and temperature control equipment beginning in September 2009. The dismantling is expected to take another two months following the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games Closing Ceremony.

Aggreko has a wealth of experience providing power and temperature control to high-profile events, including the presidential inauguration, the US Open, the Ryder Cup, the Super Bowl and the Daytona 500 NASCAR race.

About Aggreko

Aggreko plc is the global leader in the rental of power and temperature control systems. We help customers in many different industries to improve and safeguard their operations by solving problems, creating opportunities and reducing risk. Aggreko provides 24/7 availability and service support with approximately 3,000 employees operating from over 120 locations in 31 countries. In 2007 we served customers in 100 countries, and had revenues of approximately $1.4b. 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 has been providing power and temperature control services in Canada for over 18 years, and has service centers in Toronto, Ontario and Edmonton.


VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The 2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Visit

VANOC's marketing program is focused on securing mutually rewarding partnerships with shared values to generate sufficient revenue to host successful Winter Games in 2010 and to leave a financial legacy for sport. VANOC’s Worldwide TOP Partners include Coca-Cola, Atos Origin, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Samsung and Visa. VANOC's National Partners are Bell Canada, Hbc, RBC Financial Group, GM Canada, Petro-Canada and RONA.

VANOC’s Official Supporters include Aggreko, Air Canada, BC Hydro, the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, Canadian Pacific, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, Jet Set Sports, Ricoh Canada Inc., the Royal Canadian Mint and Teck Cominco Limited. VANOC’s Official Suppliers are 3M, Aggreko, Aquilini Investment Group, Birks, Britco, Canwest Publishing Inc., Dow Canada, EPCOR, The Globe and Mail, Haworth Canada, Millennium Development Corporation, Nortel, Purolator, Saputo, Sun Microsystems of Canada,, TransCanada, Vancouver Airport Authority, Vincor Canada, Weston Bakeries and Workopolis.

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