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Glastonbury Rocks to Success with Aggreko Power

Aggreko, the world leader in the provision of temporary power and temperature control solutions, provided
more than 27 megawatts of power at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, helping to make the star-studded
event run smoothly.

The internationally renowned festival, which has now been taking place for more than 30 years, is made possible by a small army of extraordinary people. Aggreko brought together three project managers with
experience in event management at some of the world’s largest and most prestigious events including the Ryder Cup, the Winter Olympic Games and the FIFA Football World Cup.

Glastonbury needs temporary power on a huge scale to cope with more than 177,000 visitors. This year
that meant more than 220 generators supplying around 750 customers on-site for the duration of the event. Provision on this scale required precise organisation. The Aggreko team began setting up the power supply
infrastructure more than a month before the opening of the Festival on 27th June. Sixty Aggreko technicians were involved in the the run-up to the event, creating their own “village” within the site.

To meet the Festival’s request for the use of renewable energy, Aggreko provided bio-diesel generators, which required more than 60,000 litres of waste vegetable oil (WVO) fuel. This year Aggreko also laid 20km of festoon lighting with time clocks to reduce the power requirement during the day. Areas powered by Aggreko included the broadcast compound for the BBC and other TV networks, the market areas, the medical centre, the police compound, the security compound and the corporate hospitality centres.

After the experience of previous years, the Aggreko team was well prepared for any weather conditions and
had 4 x 4 tankers on standby to ensure a secure fuel supply.

“The pressure for 100 per cent performance at an event such as Glastonbury, with the eyes of the world
watching, is immense. The unpredictable weather puts even more pressure on us, which thankfully never really became an issue on the actual weekend,” said David Taylor, Aggreko’s Area General Manager for
Event Services. “The planning, and infrastructure we built in the month prior to the event, were crucial.
Glastonbury is a complex project and the requirements of our hundreds of customers vary widely, from small traders to large broadcast providers. The Festival just gets bigger and better every year and the Aggreko team is proud to be a part of its success.”

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