Australian owned and operated cable manufacturer, Olex , provided the vital link for a spectacular Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Melbourne recently.
The Olex manufactured Versolex cable was used by Games organisers to provide power to 72 giant metallic fish that were positioned along the iconic Yarra River. The fish were illuminated using 360 moving lights and spurted water high into the air to create a visually memorable display during the opening ceremony and also each night for the duration of the Games.
Olex worked closely with the M2006 Technical Directors Team for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies during the specification phase as the cable requirements for this project were very particular.
"We needed a reliable cable that was both flexible and submersible as the cable was connected to each pontoon and then back to distribution boards on the banks of the Yarra," said Melbourne 2006 Corporations' Technical Director of Events, Shannon Gobbel. "We were staging a show that was to be broadcast to millions worldwide so we had to be confident in our choice of cable."
Approximately 10.5km of Versolex was used for this project, consisting mainly of 16mm2 4 core and earth.
While the performance of the cable was a critical element, the durability of the Versolex cable was also put to the test. A large storm hit Melbourne just days prior to the opening ceremony with strong winds causing the flotilla of fish and pontoons to move considerably, however the cable was able to withstand the storm without any damage.
In addition to the Versolex cable that was used along the Yarra, Olex supplied 3.5km of 2 core and earth, 1.5mm Versolex at the MCG. The Heavy Duty construction of Versolex was ideal for the demands of the opening and closing ceremonies.
Versolex is a high performance rubber flexible cable with a number of notable features, including its ability to operate in temperatures ranging from -40°C to 90°C and is permanently submersible to 500m.