Aggreko Supplies Power to Presidential Debates

Aggreko Supplies Power to Presidential Debates

Leader in Temporary Services Chosen for Three Presidential Debates

HOUSTON, TEXAS (September 25, 2008) - Aggreko, the global leader in the rental of power, temperature control and oil-free compressed air systems, has been contracted to provide services to three upcoming Presidential debates.  The nationally televised events will be held on September 26th at the University of Mississippi’s Gertrude Ford Center; on October 7th at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center in Nashville; and on October 15th at Hofstra University’s basketball arena in Long Island.

In addition to providing power for the debates, Aggreko’s team of 14 technicians will be responsible for supplying supplemental on-stage air-conditioning for the candidates and power for the print press centers as well as additional support areas. Aggreko will also power the on-campus “Rock the Debate” rally and concert for students beginning at noon on the day of the Ole Miss debate.

“We at Aggreko are proud to be involved in these events which are so vital to our democracy,” said George Long, Aggreko’s senior event manager.  “Every four years there are only three Presidential debates and many Americans make their decisions based on what they see at these debates.  It’s up to Aggreko to make sure our service is perfect. There can be no mistakes. Planning started almost a year ago and we aim for excellence, nothing less.”

Overall, Aggreko will provide the debate venues with:

  • 16MW of power, enough to power more than 1,000 homes
  • Enough cable to stretch from Hofstra University in Long Island to New York City’s Central Park

“Aggreko’s wealth of experience handling high-profile events, whether they are the Olympic Games, Super Bowls, or past presidential debates, inaugurations and political conventions made them the obvious choice,” said Ron Jackson, general manager of Belmont University’s Curb Event Center. “We are very confident that Aggreko’s team of highly trained professionals will ensure a smooth event.”

The set-up for each debate is expected to take between two to three weeks. It will take four days to remove the equipment.


About Aggreko

Aggreko plc is the global leader in the rental of power, temperature control and oil-free compressed air 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 3000 employees operating from over 120 locations in 31 countries. In 2007 we served customers in 100 countries, and had revenues of approximately $1b. Aggreko plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AGK.L) and headquartered in Scotland. For more information, please access the company website at


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