Twickenham Stadium, London

Project: Supplying power cables to meet Rugby World Cup deadline

Location: Twickenham Stadium, London

Company: Rugby Football Union (RFU)


Tratos & Rugby Football Union (RFU) cooperation

Tratos used its subsea cabling technology to combat the challenges of Twickenham Stadium’s high-water table to ensure the lights stayed on for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Tratos was approach to help develop a cable solution for a particularly harsh environment. Cable was needed to maintain its integrity despite constant immersion in water. Existing 11kV feeder cables with Low Smoke Zero Halogen sheathing installed in cable service ducts were deemed to be at risk of failure.

Tratos manufactured and supplied 3km of 185mm x 3 core MDPE black sheathed cable with graphite coating 6.35/11kV to BS 6622 within the required eight-week deadline. The specific cable supplied is designed for installation and continuous operation in waterlogged underground ducts for a design life of 20+ years.

About Twickenham Stadium

Twickenham Stadium of Twickenham, south-western London in England, is a purpose-built rugby union stadium. The Rugby Football Union, English rugby union governing body, owns and holds its headquarters at the stadium.

Twickenham Stadium is the home of England Rugby and the largest dedicated rugby union venue in the world, seating up to 82,000 people.

The stadium is a destination for fans around the world to experience the action on the pitch on a match day, dance to some of the biggest stars in music, re-live the history of a stadium tour, visit the newly housed World Rugby Museum, host a fantastic event or take a trip to the Rugby Store.

Rugby World Cup 2015

The 2015 Rugby World Cup was the eighth Rugby World Cup, the quadrennial rugby union world championship. The tournament was hosted by England from 18 September to 31 October. Of the 20 countries competing in the World Cup in 2011, there was only one change: Uruguay replaced Russia.

Everyone had their own special memory from among the 48 matches played during the six weeks of Rugby World Cup 2015.

Japan’s victory over South Africa that shook the rugby world and sparked wild celebrations is a standout. So are every one of the 2.4 million supporters who streamed into the stadia in a riot of colourful costumes, and painted faces and hair.

As always, snaps of Webb Ellis Cup winners New Zealand with their captain Richie McCaw and man of the match Dan Carter, become iconic.

In this project, Tratos was very pleased to contribute toward achieving the UN Global Goals: Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being,  Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, and Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

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