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Powering Major Events

  1. 1. Volume 3 - Issue 1Powering up the 2010FIFA World CupTMPowering the world’s longest ice rinkInterview with Niclas Ericson,Director - FIFA TVMajor events move to the Middle East
  2. 2. ContentsAn ‘Ice’ Challenge:Providing power and temperature control to the Vancouver Olympics 4-5Bridging the Gulf:Rental power supports the growth of major events in the Middle East 6-7The World is watching:Reliable power for broadcasting the 2010 FIFA World Cup 8-9World Cup Venues:Information and memorable moments from each of the ten stadiums 10-11Niclas Erikson:We speak to the Director of FIFA TV about his views on the World Cup 12-13Fireworks, lasers and lights:Reliable power for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai 14-15The Big Chill:Chilling the World’s longest ice rink 16-17Power in the skiesSupporting the Red Bull Air Race 2010 18-19 Editor Jana Single Contributors Amy Stine, John Goss, Mazen Kayssar, Susan Parker, Willem Schinkelshoek Feedback We value your opinions and welcome your comments or questions. Please send them to the editorial team at: energisingevents@aggreko.ae ENERGISING EVENTS VOLUME 3 ISSUE 1 03
  3. 3. An ‘Ice’Challenge A Production of Olympic Weather was a major factor in the design and installation phase of the mountain venues. If 2010 snowfall followed typical annual weather patterns, the technical team needed different set of infrastructure challenges. To comply with the Committee’s goal of an environmentally sustainable Games, Aggreko supplied standby generators at all of theProviding power and temperature Proportions to anticipate anything from 3 to 6 feet of snow in around the temporary power and heating installations. To complete the Olympic power venues in the City to ensure seamless power generation. Venues like the Richmond Oval, home of the longtrack speed skating events,control to the Vancouver Olympics With infrastructure plans in place, the technical crews began executing the extensive production system, the first phase in the mountain venues required the installation of more than 130 power connections to utility transformers. were built from the ground up. This massive facility alone required 2,000 pieces of 50 foot cable extended from the broadcast compound phase of the project five months before the Generators also needed to be carefully to the commentary room, along with 10 requirements for an environmentally Opening Ceremony. Aggreko was involved positioned before the snow arrived, with units standby power generators to accommodate the sustainable Games. Coordinating closely with every venue related to broadcast, security, placed at elevations as high as 6,000 feet above substantial increase in power required for the with the local utility company, the primary training and competition, which included sea level. During the second installation phase, duration of the Games. provider of clean hydroelectric energy in responsibility for the main supply of power for Aggreko installed the heating systems. Nearly British Colombia, the Aggreko design team the Opening Ceremony at BC Place, as well as all of the mountain venues were temporary At the UBC Thunderbird Arena, which spent more than a year on dozens of site standby power to the International Broadcast and required large amounts of heat primarily hosted the opening round of the ice hockey visits, attending hundreds of meetings with Center. This required installing more than to melt snow, which prevented it from collecting competition, Aggreko worked with organisers organisers and other vendors, and developing 90 MW of primary and standby generators, on the roofs of the temporary structures and to convert a practice rink into a temporary site drawings to help produce the best event enough to supply power to more than 8,000 creating a safety hazard. locker room and office space. At the Opening possible. homes. Aggreko also distributed and Closing Ceremonies, Aggreko was the power generated from renewable In Vancouver primary provider of power and designed The project would require more than 500 miles sources around 30 Olympic venues and Richmond, a system that could parallel with the local of cable, enough to stretch from Vancouver to using cable and more than 1,800 the Organising utility company to switch the power feed from electrical panels. In addition to Committee was ‘temporary’ to ‘local’ between the Opening and Portland, Oregon and back, to distribute clean the Olympic venues, Aggreko was faced with a Closing Ceremonies. energy from local resources. Despite having experience in 10 previous Olympic Games, this the temporary utility provider for approximately 25 hospitality and would also become the largest heating project in Aggreko history. corporate events in and around “Let theE Vancouver. very four years, the Olympic Winter Games aim to make their mark on history. In 2010, the National Olympic Committee to have a reliable utility infrastructure in place. Games Vancouver, British Columbia took its turn on the world stage. With an event of this scale, organisers needed an experienced partner with not only the Begin!”The organising committee began overall highest quality temporary equipment, but Once the cable and utilitypreparations soon after the city’s 2003 selection also the technical ingenuity to design the equipment was installed andas host of the Games. Among their plans was most complex utility systems. This partner tested, the Aggreko technicianto make the 2010 Winter Games the most also needed the logistical capability to source teams were on-site 24 hours a day for theenvironmentally friendly and sustainable event equipment and coordinate with a multitude of duration of the games to ensure uninterruptedin the history of the Games. vendors. power and climate control. This included a crew of more than 100 people dedicated to Aggreko was named the Official Supplier ofA Sprawling monitoring the mountain and city Olympic Temporary Power and Temperature Control venues, as well as a number of hospitality Solutions for the 2010 Winter Olympic structures occupied by various countries andInfrastructure and Paralympic Games, and was charged with designing and installing the temporary power distribution, and heating and cooling “Being the Official Supplier of Temporary corporate sponsors. “The Olympics is one of the most challengingCompetition venues were set up in two infrastructure for the city and mountain Power and Temperature Control Solutions and rewarding projects we have had thedistinctive locations: the city venues, located venues. The distinct differences in the facility for the Vancouver Games was an incredible privilege to be a part of,” said Paul Hines,throughout Vancouver and neighboring structure and terrain of the venues made the opportunity for us,” said Gordy Broussard, Vice Olympic Manager, Aggreko North America.Richmond; and the mountain venues, located project an exciting challenge. President, National Sales & Special Projects, “The emotion and pride of the Olympicsapproximately 130 km north of the city, in Aggreko North America. “We were thrilled reaches people around the world and we arethe Whistler Mountains. To accomplish their Discussions with the organising committee to be able to provide equipment and services proud to have helped produce a successfulgoal of turning both locations into venues that began as early as the summer of 2007, with for what is considered to be the epitome of Games, as well as the most environmentallycould comfortably and safely host the 5,500 the design phase officially kicking off in sporting events, with billions around the world friendly one in the history of the Olympics.”athletes and more than 2.3 million spectators September 2008. Aggreko worked within, and watching.”anticipated to attend, it was necessary for proudly supported, the Olympic Committee’s While experience is key to working on an event as complex and intricate as the Olympics, expertise in fast and efficient problem solving, and synchronisation with a host of organisations are equally important. The enthusiasm brought to one location from different cultures across the globe is an experience to be shared by all. However, working behind-the-scenes at something with this much momentum can be considered overwhelming. When the world is watching, a reliable provider is essential to producing a performance worthy of Olympic gold.4 ENERGISING EVENTS VOLUME 3 - ISSUE 1 ENERGISING EVENTS VOLUME 3 - ISSUE 1 5
  4. 4. Bridging the Gulf the digital scoreboards to the floodlights, the air-conditioned VIP areas to the broadcast and media centres. We believe that industry knowledge, bespoke equipment and a desire millions of dollars each year in maintenance and upkeep. In order to avoid this problem of ‘white elephant stadiums’, many organisers are creating ‘flexible’ venues with expanding stadium was built with the understanding that temporary power would be utilised during major events and in the two years since the venue has opened, Aggreko has worked closely to understand customers needs are key to capacity for major events. One example of this with the organisers to install temporary power providing successful power rental solutions for which has proven very successful is The Sevens packages which have ensured the success any event.” stadium in Dubai, home of the Dubai Rugby of many events, including the Dubai Rugby Sevens. World Cup in 2010. Power for The venue was designed as a ‘flexible venue’ which has a permanent grandstand with a So, as Qatar forges ahead with its multi million- dollar campaign to have Doha play host to broadcast capacity of 5,000 but can be expanded to a capacity of 40,000 with the addition of temporary stands and temporary power. The the 2022 FIFA World Cup, temporary power providers will already be determining the best strategy to support players, supporters, visitors In addition to the provision of power for and viewers. lighting and sound, it is necessary to supply international broadcasting services with a Phil Burns adds: “Powering an event is consistent and reliable power source, because a “The use of a temporary a complex process and the application break in power will mean a break in the action power solution means of the package must be tailored with for the viewing audience. In order to ensure a specific needs and deliverables in mind. reliable power supply for broadcast, Aggreko that organisers can have As the Middle East continues to power has been working with the organisers of the forward with its commitment to being a Bahrain Grand Prix since its inception in a tailored supply that host nation of choice, the Aggreko team 2004. To ensure the regional and international meets the exact needs will be prepared to step in with a full audience has access to all the high-speed turn-key power solution at any time.” action, Aggreko provides power packages for domestic and broadcast power, which supplies of the event.” the vending areas, the medial centre and theRental power supports the growth International Broadcast Centre (IBC). In recent years there has been a substantialof major events in the Middle East increase in the hosting of international championships across the region. Abu Dhabi’s dedicated sports community, Zayed City, was host to the FIFA Club World Cup for the firstT time in December 2009. The event spanned 10 en years ago, the idea of The use of a temporary power solution means Some of the World’s most high profile events, days and saw clubs including FC Barcelona, hosting a World Cup in the that organisers can have a tailored supply including the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the Estudiantes de la Plata and Auckland City FC Middle East would have been that meets the exact needs of the event. A 2009 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and, most battle it out at the 50,000 capacity stadium. dismissed out of hand by many turn-key rental power provider will not only recently, the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Aggreko was contracted to provide 10 MW for sporting enthusiasts. However, supply the equipment that is needed, but will Africa, have been supported by the supply the VIP area, the fan zone and the Internationaldevelopment of sporting infrastructure around work with the organisers to design a bespoke of temporary power packages by the World’s Broadcast Centre (IBC) at the event, to ensurethe Gulf, the construction of specialised sports power solution. This includes the distribution largest rental power provider, Aggreko. that millions of viewers would be able to followcities, and the successful hosting of many of power from the generators to the various the action throughout the tournament.major events have led many to rethink their areas which require power, a challenging task Aggreko, with 11 depots operating across theperceptions of the Middle East as a sporting which requires the engineering of hundreds of Middle East, also has a great deal of experience Similarly, Qatar was in need of andestination. With Qatar having submitted bids kilometres of cable runs throughout the event. in the Middle East, having provided temporary adequate power package to support itsfor the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, as well power packages to some of the most prestigious hosting of the International Association ofas the 2020 Olympic Games, one of the key events in the region. In October 2008, the Athletics Federation (IAAF) Indoor Worldlogistical challenges of proving that the Middle company supplied 9 MW of power for the Championships 2010, which took place inEast can host major sporting events is ensuring high-profile opening ceremony of the exclusive Doha in March. With 1,200 athletes competingthe availability of a consistent and sufficient Atlantis Hotel and Resort on the Dubai Palm at the Aspire Dome, the event was broadcastpower supply. Jumeirah. The power supply was used for to an audience of some 210 million on radio lighting, sound and broadcast of the opening and television. As a result of its ever-growingMajor events require an immense amount ceremony, which included a performance experience with large-scale events of this kind,of power; even when power supplies in the from international pop-icon Kylie Minogue. Aggreko was brought in to power the IBC ashost country are sufficient, organisers need to With a guest list including David and Victoria well as the lighting and hospitality village at theprovide back-up power supply for all aspects of Beckham, Oprah Winfrey, Robert De Niro Aspire Dome, Qatar’s 290,000 square metrean event. The power supply for major events and Janet Jackson, the organisers could not risk indoor sports stadium.in the Middle East is of particular concern any interruptions of power to spoil the partybecause many proposed events, such as Qatar’s atmosphere. Temporary power is also being utilised toOlympic bid, would be scheduled to take place create more sustainable legacies for host cities.in the summer when local power providers are Phil Burns, Managing Director of Aggreko One of the challenges of hosting a majoralready under immense strain because of the Middle East, said: “The region’s events event is ensuring that the infrastructure builtconstant use of air conditioning. industry is booming and the experience will be utilised in the years after the event Aggreko has built up across a variety of events has ended. Japan is still paying a heavy priceIn order to guarantee the power supply for - from festivals to movie sets to the Olympic for its hosting of the 2002 World Cup, withmajor events, organisers have had a ready- Games – puts us in a very strong position. The many of the stadiums built for the eventmade solution to turn to: temporary power. reliable provision of power is crucial: from sitting underutilised and costing the host cities6 ENERGISING EVENTS VOLUME 3 - ISSUE 1 ENERGISING EVENTS VOLUME 3 - ISSUE 1 7
  5. 5. generates over 800 megawatts (MW) venue manager to identify and create cable paths and was already providing power months before across over 20 African countries and which met the client’s need for power distribution the event during the establishment and testing of employs some 450 people on the whilst ensuring safe and secure paths away from the media broadcasting facilities. The generators continent, over 80 percent of which the public. At most sites the power generator were a combination of Aggreko 500 kVA and are African nationals. compound was some distance from the stadium 800 kVA generating sets at the IBC and 800 kVA itself so the company designed and constructed sets at each stadium. There were 10 stadiums In 2009 Aggreko opened its first cable bridges which were independently certified each with 3 x 800 kVA sets for the broadcasting. permanent depot in Midrand, South to carry the power safely over some roadways The sets generated 1.5 MVA at each stadium and Africa. and footpaths well away from the general public. 16 MVA for the IBC. In addition, the power team Within each stadium the power team used provided twin 350 kVA generators at each venue approved contractors to create the cable paths to provide power for the large LED pitch boards An especially for this major event. which carried the sponsors messages during the matches. The power generation units were experienced At events of this magnitude there is no substitute for experience. With many successful global power projects behind it (such as the 2008 the standard Aggreko equipment as supplied to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and to the recent Vancouver Winter Olympics. power team Beijing Olympics and previous FIFA World Cup competitions), Aggreko’s experience and In Aggreko’s experience, the period leading member expertise continues to grow. An experienced up to a global event as important as the 2010The World power supplier understands the importance FIFA World Cup has many complicated issues of the preparation and design stages which are to consider and resolve. Perhaps one of the most The role of Aggreko as a specialist then fully supported by competent installation critical factors during the 2010 World Cup, was temporary power provider at high- and operational teams. The company has a that of human resources. Aggreko had a team profile international events like the long and successful track record of delivering of event specialists and specialist equipment 2010 World Cup, is to provide a reliable power systems for the broadcasting of operators who were supported by locallyis Watching reliable power supply experience at the early planning and design stages, which contributes to the smooth running of the event. With crucial expertise gained at previous global sporting events, Aggreko provided major events around the world in a broad range of conditions and situations so they understand the variety of problems that can occur. The 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa last year was a test event for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. During this event the power team was able to work closely recruited technicians. Even though the local engineers were well qualified and experienced in their own fields, extensive training programmes had to be organised so that they all understood the operating requirements of temporary power supply.Reliable power for broadcasting the technical and engineering expertise required to deliver, install, operate and service the equipment with the OC and their consultants to refine the ways in which the project was managed. One change that took place as a result of this test was Aggreko’s previous World Cup experience has paid dividends as the company’s engineers at thethe 2010 FIFA World Cup that produced uninterrupted quality power throughout the 2010 World Cup’s early knockout stages, right that the OC awarded the contract to supply cable bridges and pathways for the 2010 World Cup Shanduka-Aggreko. various stadiums knew what to expect and just what equipment was needed in order to supply the quality power as required for the 2010 FIFA through to the all important Final. World Cup. It must be remembered that the The team worked closely with the Organising In total, the power team provided 36 MVA of eyes of the world were on the FIFA World Cup,W Committee’s (OC) consultants and the end power generation capacity via 258 generators leaving no room for error. The reliable power hilst hundreds of thousands an interruption in power. This can result in the Centre plus the FIFA headquarters. This delivery user client to configure a power system that and some 525 kilometres of distribution cables required to energise this global football event of ardent football fans shutdown of broadcast systems and the IBC’s live of reliable power supported the broadcast of the met the needs of the tournament. However, to support the broadcasting of the 2010 FIFA in South Africa enabled the world’s media to watched the games live in feed, a problem that could take hours to resolve. Tournament’s 64 football matches to a global any mechanical system, no matter how well World Cup. Unlike the 2008 Beijing Olympics it broadcast this exciting event to an appreciative South Africa, there were This would be a disaster for an event like the audience of over three billion. designed and maintained, has the possibility is worth noting that the Aggreko equipment for global audience. countless millions of no 2010 World Cup where the IBC in Johannesburg of a breakdown. In order to mitigate this risk, the IBC operated 24/7 during the tournamentless passionate fans watching the World Cup on managed the media’s satellite feeds to hundreds Aggreko International’s Director of Marketing Aggreko designed and agreed to a redundancytheir TVs, in Fan Zones, plus many other public of broadcasters around the world. and Sales Development, Julian Ford, commented: policy which satisfied the client’s budgetary andbroadcasts around the world. So, the supply of “With our joint venture partners, Shanduka, we safety requirements. For critical applications theyuninterrupted power to the world’s broadcast are extremely proud to be a National Supporter had multiple generators running on part loadmedia was a vital factor in the organiser’s for this prestigious and high - profile global sports so that in the unlikely event of a breakdown thesuccessful presentation of the 2010 FIFA WorldCup to audiences around the world. A vitalelement in the supply of power to the broadcast A winning event which will support the development of our business in South Africa and demonstrates our vision for growth in the country. This other units would accept the new load seamlessly. For non-critical applications where a breakcompounds in each stadium and the InternationalBroadcast Centre (IBC) was the consistency and power team sponsorship builds on our previous contract for the supply of temporary power during the 2009 in supply was permissible, automatic transfer switches were used.quality of the power provided. Quality technical Confederations Cup and further underlines The international sporting events that attract During April this year, the final Nationalbroadcasts require a steady stream of high quality our long-term commitment to the global major enormous global TV audiences from all around Supporter of the 2010 FIFA World Cup waspower with absolutely no fluctuation. events sector. The Tournament will put South the world, (such as golf, tennis, cricket, baseball announced as Shanduka-Aggreko, the ‘official’ Africa firmly on the world stage drawing fans and and motor racing) usually take place in one large supplier of rental power for the broadcastingThis demand for quality power is generated by spectators from almost every nation on Earth. venue which in itself presents many unique of the FIFA World Cup tournament which wasthe need to protect the advanced and sensitive We are proud to play our part in supporting the power supply problems. However, the 2010 held across 10 stadiums in South Africa fromequipment used by international broadcasting global broadcasting of the 2010 FIFA World FIFA World Cup took place across 10 different June 11 through to July 11, 2010. Shanduka-companies. This high-tech equipment is Cup.” stadiums which all needed continual and reliable Aggreko is a joint-venture (JV) between the localsusceptible to damage by even the smallest supplies of electric power for the TV broadcasts. energy company Shanduka Energy and theof power surges. Problems resulting from low Aggreko has been active in Africa for over Each of these stadiums had to be treated as an global power rentals specialist, Aggreko. The JV’squality power include poor sounds values, a decade and in 2006 formed a partnership individual project as they varied in size, design power contract involved providing top qualityinconsistent signals, or in extreme cases, no with Shanduka Energy in order to enhance and location, which required logistical solutions. broadcasting power in all of the 10 World Cupsignal at all. The most serious issue, however, is its operations in South Africa. Aggreko now At each venue the team worked closely with the Stadium Venues, the International Broadcasting8 ENERGISING EVENTS VOLUME 3 - ISSUE 1 ENERGISING EVENTS VOLUME 3 - ISSUE 1 9
  6. 6. Stadiums of theWorld Cup Nelson Mandela Bay –C Port Elizabeth ustom built and upgraded to FIFA standards, 10 stadiums were host to the 64-matches played in the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup. Over a period of 30 days these stadiums Capacity: 46,082 were home to football stars of the beautiful game from around the globe. Built: 2009 Shock waves echoed on the shores of Rio de Janeiro as the 5-time champions Brazil Green Point – Cape Town: exited the tournament after losing to the Capacity: 66,005 Built: 2009 Netherlands in a match that ended 2-1. Led by charismatic coach and football legend Diego Maradona, the Argentinean national team failed to get past Joachim Free State - Mangaung/Bloemfontein Loew’s German team as they fell to a 4-0 Capacity: 45,058 Built 1952 Upgraded: 2009 loss at the quarterfinals. Making history as the first hosts to exit the tournament from the group stages, South Africa was only one of the casualties to exit in this stadium. Others included previous World Cup champions France and more notably England, who suffered a 4-1 loss against Germany in the round of 16 despite Frank Lampard’s goal that was...but never was. Mbombela – Nelspruit Peter Mokaba – Polokwane Capacity: 43,589 Built: 2009 Capacity: 45,264 Built: 2010 Literally meaning ‘many people together in a Inspired by the locally iconic Baobab small space’, the Mbombela stadium hosting tree, this stadium saw the origin of the Serbia vs. Australia brought about the end of French team’s problems, when at half time Royal Bafokeng – the World Cup dream for both teams, after Nicholas Anelka launched into a verbal the result of the Germany vs. Ghana match assault at Coach Raymond Domenech, Rustenburg: made it mathematically impossible for either Capacity: 44,530 Built: 1999 leading to Anelka’s axing from the team to qualify. and increasing discord at the French camp. Upgraded: 2009 Durban Stadium – Durban Named after the Bafokeng people who Capacity: 69,957 Built: 2009 live in the area, the stadium hosted 38,646 Despite losing their opening match against Switzerland 1-0, which proved to be their only people who witnessed England’s Robert loss of the tournament, Spain went on to beat Germany by one goal in the dying moments Green committing a memorable goal- of extra time in the semi-final and were crowned 2010 Champions in the final. keeping error which was destined to define England’s tournament. Ellis Park – Johannesburg: Loftus Versfield - Tshwane/ Pretoria Soccer City (Sokkerstad in Afrikaans) – Johannesburg Capacity: 61,639 Built: 1928 Upgraded: 1982, 2009 Capacity: 49,365 Built: 1906 Upgraded: 2008 Capacity: 88,460 Built: 1987 Upgraded: 2009 Built as a rugby union stadium, Ellis Park was demolished One of the oldest stadiums in South Africa, Loftus Versfield stadium The most notable of all stadiums, Soccer City in Johannesburg drew inspiration from the iconic African pot, known as the Calabash. The design due to structural discrepancies and rebuilt in 1982, again signalled the start of a very successful tournament for Ghana wining 1-0 of the stadium is best appreciated at night. Built on the site of Nelson Mandela’s first speech after his release from prison, this stadium has a maximum exclusively for rugby. This stadium saw the exit of the against Serbia and going on to become the third African team in history to capacity of 94,700 which was reduced to 88,460 during the 2010 FIFA World Cup to accommodate reserved seating for the press and other VIP’s. reigning 2006 champions Italy from the tournament at the reach the World Cup quarterfinals. This iconic stadium witnessed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup as well as Spain’s history-making first World Cup title after hands of World Cup debutants Slovakia 3-2. defeating the Netherlands 1-0 in the final.10 ENERGISING EVENTS VOLUME 3 - ISSUE 1 ENERGISING EVENTS VOLUME 3 - ISSUE 1 11