Brisbane switchgear engineers power FIFA World Cup

NOJA Power’s automatic circuit reclosers at Brazil’s Castelão Stadium, host of the Brazil vs Mexico and Germany vs Ghana in the FIFA World Cup tournament

To ensure Brazil was prepared to host the major sporting event, NOJA Power installed its locally-designed circuit recloser equipment at several stadiums and training facilities across South America.

In the lead up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the Brisbane-based company won several major contracts to supply and install its high voltage automatic circuit recloser equipment, protecting the electricity distribution at key tournament events.

NOJA Power managing director Neil O’Sullivan said the renovations of the Castelão Stadium, which was built in 1973, set the ball rolling for his company to supply a number of sporting venues around the world.

“For a country looking to host a major international event such as the FIFA World Cup, it is vital its sporting facilities are seen to be world-class,” he said.

“Obviously a major part of this is a reliable supply of electricity, allowing players and fans to enjoy the spectacle without interruption.”

Fortaleza’s 60,000 person venue Castelão Stadium houses two of NOJA Power’s circuit reclosers ensuring its six tournament games including Brazil vs Mexico, Germany vs Ghana and a quarter finals match were taken to the world.

The equipment was also used to provide electrical protection for the training centre of three-time champion Italy in Mangaratiba, near Rio de Janeiro, with the units installed earlier this year. Feeder equipment was also supplied for several stadiums in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, which were used by the Argentina, Uruguay and Chilean teams for training between matches.

“The eyes of the world will be on Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, and I am proud NOJA Power has been able to assist in taking it to the world,” Mr O’Sullivan said.

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