Exclusive: Rio 2016 says Aggreko pulls Olympic tender to provide energy

Mon Dec 14, 2015 9:43am EST
 
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By Stephen Eisenhammer

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Temporary power supplier Aggreko has pulled out of a tender to provide generators to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro next year, the spokesman for Rio 2016 told Reuters, in a major blow as organizers rush to secure an energy source for the world's largest sporting event.

Two other sources with knowledge of the tender said they doubted another temporary power supplier had the in-country capacity and Olympic experience to fully meet the needs of the contract. It is likely that whoever wins would have to lease generators from Aggreko, they said.

Aggreko has been involved in nine Olympics and six World Cups, providing power to the 2012 summer games in London and the Brazil 2014 soccer World Cup.

(Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer; Editing by Nick Zieminski)