Aggreko launches first line of UL-listed portable electrical distribution equipment

HOUSTON, Texas, Aug. 5, 2002 — Organizations needing outdoor portable electrical distribution equipment for projects, special events or emergencies now have access to advanced equipment.

In addition to its main equipment lines and services in rental power generation, temperature control and 100 percent oil-free compressed air, Aggreko LLC provides rental resources to meet all portable electrical distribution requirements.

Prior to Aggreko’s Underwriters Laboratories (UL)-listed portable distribution equipment, companies installing or moving electrical distribution equipment that was not third-party listed had to receive approval from a governing body to comply with National Electrical Code® (NEC®) Section 90.7 “Examination of Equipment for Safety.”

Aggreko’s UL-listed equipment eliminates the loss of time and money associated with such approvals without sacrificing reliability or safety.

The company’s power delivery line is made up primarily of distribution panels, transformers and cabling. Also included are such necessities as enclosure plugs, motor starters and disconnects built specifically for the portable electrical distribution marketplace.

The equipment features voltage ranges up to 600 volts, 100 to 3,000 amp panels, CAM-style connectors for quick connections, ground-fault circuit interrupters for 120-volt single-phase outlets, forklift pockets and lifting eyes. In addition, these units offer hinged dead fronts for easy access to breakers and the prevention of accidental contact with charged electrical parts.

The equipment is rated NEMA 3R for outdoor use by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

Real World Experience

Aggreko’s equipment excelled earlier this year when it was exposed to extreme conditions during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

“The need for safe, reliable and portable electrical distribution equipment is no longer confined to a certain industry or geographic location,” said Aggreko Vice President Gordon Broussard. “Our experiences with the 2002 Olympic Winter Games enabled us to design and build a line of products that can meet the increasingly stringent electrical codes, safety standards, project timelines and location demands of our multi-industry clients.”

As the official temporary power generation and distribution services supplier for the Games, Aggreko built a large line of UL-listed outdoor equipment to meet the organizing committee’s broadcast, security, timing and information needs. This accomplishment was made more challenging by the unique geographical conditions encountered at the locations. In some situations, Aggreko used Black Hawk helicopters to lift equipment into remote venues.

Aggreko manufactured and supplied more than 500 miles of power distribution cable, 3,000 electrical distribution panels and 250 transformers.

The fleet’s new, more efficient plug-style design made components easier to install and disassemble, saving valuable time and labor and decreasing the need for costly permanent distribution equipment. Aggreko’s equipment was disassembled in a single month following the conclusion of the Olympics and quickly shipped to Japan for use in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

About Aggreko

Aggreko LLC is the North America division of the U.K.-based Aggreko plc (AGK.L). Aggreko provides rental power, temperature control and compressed air systems to companies around the world. The company helps its customers in diverse markets improve profitability by creating opportunities, solving problems and reducing risk through its network of global locations, equipment, employees and technical services.

In addition, Aggreko provides comprehensive project design planning, installation, commissioning, process enhancement and operating services, and 24-hour on-site service and maintenance support. Worldwide, the company has more than 2,000 employees and 130 locations. For more information, please visit


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