20 September 2012: Nairobi, Kenya - Aggreko, the world leader in the provision of temporary power and temperature control services, is supporting the 2012 edition of the Safaricom 7s rugby tournament through the provision of a temporary power package, as part of the company’s sponsorship of the event.
The 550 kVA power package will supply additional capacity in conjunction with the local power grid to ensure that the three-day event, which is the highlight of Kenya’s annual sporting calendar, has sufficient power to cater for the vast crowds expected to descend on the Nyayo National Stadium.
This is the first year that Aggreko has sponsored the Nairobi tournament and it follows Aggreko’s long involvement with rugby sevens throughout the world. The company is a key supporter of the IRB Sevens tournaments in both Dubai and South Africa, both World Series events, as well as the Shanghai Sevens in China.
“Sevens rugby is massive in Kenya and the Kenyan sevens team is highly competitive on the international circuit,” commented Charly Wittgenstein, Area General Manager, Aggreko East Africa. “With sevens being an official Olympic sport in Rio in 2016, Kenya has a great opportunity to compete on the world’s biggest sporting stage and to be genuine medal contenders.”
In addition to supplying power, Aggreko will also host 50 of its key Kenyan and East African customers at the event.
“Sevens is a great platform through which to engage with our key customers, as the parallels between sevens rugby and our business are very strong,” commented James Shepherd, Managing Director, Aggreko Southern and East Africa. “The speed, teamwork, commitment and energy required to be successful are just as important to Aggreko and our customers as they are to any rugby team. We are very proud to be a sponsor of this great event and congratulate the organisers, along with the Kenyan Rugby Union, for growing the sevens game so successfully here in Kenya.”