Shanghai, China- Aggreko, the global leader in the provision of temporary power and temperature control services, has successfully powered the opening ceremony of the Shanghai Expo, the largest international World Trade Exhibition to date. Held from May 1st till October 31st, 2010, the Shanghai Expo covers an area of over five square kilometres, is featuring over 190 participating countries and is expected to attract over 70 million visitors. Although China has a very stable power grid, the substantial increase in power consumption during the characteristically impressive opening ceremony prompted the organisers to look into boosting the power provision temporarily.
Aggreko was contracted to supply 17 MW of power through twin generator units at 13 locations along the Huangpu River. Each location had its own power requirements, ranging from 500 kVA to 1250 kVA, with 100% back-up power 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 on-site supervision and fuel management services. 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, as well as 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 once again shows Aggreko's ability to provide guaranteed power to major international events. 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.”