Shanghai China, May 2010: Aggreko, the global leader in the provision of temporary power and temperature control services, has successfully powered the opening ceremonies of the Shanghai Expo.
Held from May 1st - October 31st, 2010, the Shanghai Expo has over 190 participating countries and is expecting to attract over 70 million visitors. Covering 5.28 square kilometres, an Expo of this scale required a considerable amount of power in order to stage an extravagant opening ceremony. Although China has a very stable power grid, the substantial increase in power consumption during the Expo prompted the organisers to look at temporary power solutions for the opening ceremony.
Aggreko was contracted to supply 17 MW of power through twin generator units at 13 locations along the famous Huangpu River. Each location had its own power requirements, ranging from 500 kVA to 1250 kVA, with a 100% redundancy required due to the sensitive and critical nature of the power supply. The power supply was used for lighting and sound special effects for the opening ceremonies. As part of the complete power package, Aggreko also provided 24-hour onsite supervision and fuel management services.
Following the success of the opening ceremonies, Aggreko has also been contracted to supply power to the closing ceremonies and National Day celebrations, which will be held at the end of October. Under separate contracts, Aggreko is also supplying power to several pavilions and exhibits for the duration of the Expo.
Commenting on the project, Paul Gallagher, General Manager for Aggreko China, said: “We are delighted to be a part of the Shanghai Expo opening and closing ceremonies. This project highlights Aggreko’s role in proving power for major events, which allows cities to showcase their significance on the world stage. Having provided power to the Beijing Olympics in 2008, we were able to assure the organisers of the Shanghai Expo that we were the best choice to provide them with a reliable power solution.”