AirTrunk announces entry into Malaysian data centre market

Hyperscale data centre specialist AirTrunk has announced its entry into the Malaysian data centre market, with plans for a 150 MW campus in Johor Bahru

Named AirTrunk JHB1 (JHB1), this facility will mark AirTrunk’s first in Malaysia, and its ninth in the APJ region. 

When complete, the new site will bring the company’s data centre platform to over 1.35 GW of capacity.

AirTrunk’s latest expansion plans

AirTrunk has announced its plans to develop a 150+ MW data centre campus. 

The JHB1 campus will span 10.3 hectares of land, and will be situated in Johor Bahru (at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula). 

This strategic location is designed to serve a major cloud availability zone for AirTrunk’s customers. Alongside this, the facility will also offer strong domestic and international connection to regional technology hubs, such as Singapore.

The site will also be developed to prioritise a high degree of sustainability, with solutions including green cooling technologies (which utilise a combination of indirect evaporative cooling (IEC), and direct-to-chip liquid cooling technology) that will reduce energy consumption by up to 20%. The data centre will also feature a solar-ready roof, equipped to add 5MW of solar panels.

“It is an exciting time for our business as we announce a new data centre in a new country with a large anchor tenant. AirTrunk continues to develop critical digital infrastructure to support accelerating digitalisation in the region,” commented Robin Khuda, AirTrunk’s Founder & Chief Executive Officer. 

“With its flexible designs and innovations driving energy and water efficiencies in tropic climates, JHB1 will be the most sustainable data centre in Malaysia. In line with our Net Zero by 2030 target, we are working with our customers to source renewable energy to match electricity consumption at the data centre,” added Damien Spillane, AirTrunk’s Chief Technology Officer. 

The initial phases of JHB1 will provide 50MW of capacity, with construction due for completion in 2024. 


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